Livestock

Neutral carbon target

By Country News

Australian cattle farmers have backed a plan to make the country’s red meat industry carbon neutral by 2030.

Meat & Livestock Australia managing director Richard Norton said the target would help ward off competition from laboratory-produced meat and protein vegetable burgers.

‘‘We’re quite enthused by the industry embracing the fact we’d like to make sure this is not a target that passes us by and we actually achieve carbon neutrality by 2030,’’ Mr Norton told a Senate inquiry on February 27.

MLA has been working with the CSIRO to establish how much carbon is emitted from farm gate to the processing sector.

‘‘The reason we’re buoyed and enthused by the project is that there are some 15 to 20 different pathways by which the red meat industry can achieve carbon neutrality,’’ Mr Norton said.

He said large pastoral companies had embraced the concept of the target.