A NASA study confirmed that Argentine cattle do not pollute

Updated Mar 16, 2023
In recent years, the global livestock activity has been repeatedly accused of generating a negative environmental impact, from the emission of carbon dioxide. But a study – in this case, by NASA – refuted these claims and showed that Argentina is one of the few countries in the world with a positive carbon balance.
As explained by Adrián Bifaretti and Eugenia Brusca, from the Institute for the Promotion of Argentine Meat (Ipcva), the traditional approach to measuring this variable is based on measuring carbon dioxide, based on counting and estimating the amount of this gas emitted. . How was this conclusion reached? A study published in Earth System Science Data used measurements taken by NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) mission. The work offers a new perspective, tracking both fossil fuel emissions and overall changes in the carbon “stocks” of ecosystems, including trees, shrubs and soils. positive balance The main finding was that Argentina is one of the few countries that appears with a positive balance, based on carbon sequestration in forests, shrublands and grasslands. In the report, they were included under the name of “pastures”. For the IPCVA, national livestock “is part of the natural ecosystem and constitutes one of the activities that makes Argentine agriculture an ...
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