Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time, and the need for environmental sustainability has never been more pronounced. While it is commonly accepted that the livestock industry, particularly cattle farming, plays a significant role in global greenhouse gas emissions, the debate on addressing this issue is far from settled. A prevalent suggestion has been to reduce the number of cows significantly, but such a singular approach oversimplifies the problem and overlooks many other viable solutions.
Several countries have recently proposed cutting their cow numbers by the next decade to meet their carbon emissions target. France & Netherlands authorities have, for instance, proposed to cut their cow numbers drastically, with the Dutch government proposing to cut their cow numbers by as much as a third.