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The article published in the Guardian blaming leather for fuelling Amazon fires has attracted criticism for its inaccuracies. In the interests of transparency Leather Naturally reproduces below the response from founder member Dr Michael Redwood in which he expresses his concern that a misinformed public will be driven to choosing materials derived from fossil fuels.
Courtesy of Futurity - Frank Mitloehner, air quality specialist with animal science at UC Davis, measures the gases produced by livestock. Mitloehner says leading authorities agree that, in the U.S., raising cattle and pigs for food accounts for about 3 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions, while transportation creates an estimated 26 percent. “In developing countries, we should adopt more efficient, Western-style farming practices, to make more food with less greenhouse gas production.”
The latest Cattle on Feed report from the USDA was published on 20 December and is normally available on every third Friday throughout the year.
According to Cargill, the company’s Canadian Beef Sustainability Acceleration pilot will, by the end of 2018, move its customers one step closer to providing consumers with beef from operations that have been audited from "birth to burger" using an industry-developed sustainability standard.
Prices in North America have risen since our last report in late January. Steer prices have gained 2–3% in just seven weeks. Sales were seen along the Pacific Rim between $79.00 and $81.00 C&F. Plump, branded cows have risen from a January average price of $36.00 up to $39.00– $41.00 FOB this week.
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