Dr. Francisco Salazar, researcher at INIA Remehue, gave a keynote speech at the world congress on greenhouse gases and animal agriculture, in Foz de Iguazú, Brazil, and pointed out that in Chile the 78% of greenhouse gas emissions come from energy and only 10.5 come from the agricultural and livestock sector.

After attending a world congress on greenhouse gases and animal agriculture, in Foz de Iguazú, Brazil, INIA Remehue researcher Francisco Salazar released the figures that show that cows are not the main cause of global warming , all this at a time when voices have emerged syndicating livestock as responsible for climate change.

“Worldwide, livestock and agriculture represent 24% of emissions. The main emitter worldwide is energy. At the country level this is extreme, 78% of greenhouse gas emissions come from energy and only 10.5 come from the agricultural and livestock sector ”, said the expert, who gave a keynote talk at the recently developed congress and He also participated in the meeting of the Global Alliance for Research on Greenhouse Gases.

This congress was attended by researchers from INIA of Chile Dr. Camila Muñoz, Dr. Emilio Ungerfeld, Dr. Ignacio Beltrán, together with Dr. Francisco Salazar. This meeting reported, among other topics, on the progress of the international DATAMAN project led by experts from New Zealand and with the participation of researchers from different countries. In this initiative, INIA Remehue researchers, Marta Alfaro, Francisco Salazar and Ignacio Beltrán, are working to generate the first database on greenhouse gases emitted by manure management systems in developing countries in the world, in order to identify the main variables that affect the emission of greenhouse gases from animal production systems, and the possible mitigation measures to implement, and support the improvement of national inventories of greenhouse gases.

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