New EU climate quotas could result in fewer Danish farm animals

The Danish agriculture sector will be forced to reduce its number of cows and pigs if Denmark hopes to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to the new EU standards, according to experts.

Professor Jørgen E Olsen, member of the Climate Commission and the Nature and Agriculture Commission, contends there is no other way for Denmark to reduce its emissions by 39% by 2030. Olsen estimated that new research had the potential to bring emissions down by 20%, but that further reductions would have to be found elsewhere. Amongst Danish livestock, cows would be first on the block because they produce most of the methane. Agriculture advocacy organisation Landbrug og Fødevarer (L&F) argued that Danish agriculture has come a long way in recent years and there are limits on how far it can be stretched.

Source: Copenhagen Post 15 August 2016