European countries have been shamed for little progress in “clean” agriculture. The harm from greenhouse gases from cattle farms and from fertilizers in the fields over the past decade has remained unchanged, despite major environmental programs of the European Union, writes Bloomberg.
A report from the EU’s financial watchdog shows that methane emissions, which trap 80 times more heat in the air than carbon dioxide, from farms in Europe, have not decreased since 2010. From 2014 to 2020, the EU countries allocated a quarter of the budget of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) to efforts to combat climate change — more than 100 billion euros ($119 billion).
According to the conclusion of the European Chamber of Auditors, the industry did not have enough funding for a noticeable environmental result. Under the CAP, another 387 billion euros ($460 billion) will be allocated to green initiatives until 2027. The funds will be used to encourage farmers to do business with less harm to nature. Emissions from animal husbandry account for about half of the total damage to nature from agriculture. The negative impact on the environment from chemical fertilizers and manure increased from 2010 to 2018.
Animal husbandry is considered one of the main sources of greenhouse gases in the world. To reduce environmental damage, countries in Europe and the United States are rapidly switching to a plant-based alternative to meat. Measures are also being taken to improve the forms. In early June, food giant Cargill announced the sale of special muzzles for cows that capture methane when breathing and burping cattle.