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Danish agriculture among the most climate-efficient

A new analysis from the World Resources Institute shows that Denmark is one of the most climate- efficient countries when it comes to pig meat and dairy production.

In its analysis, the World Resources Institute, an internationally recognised American organisation, compared different countries’ production of pig meat and dairy products. In addition to Denmark, the countries with the most climate-efficient agriculture include Germany and Holland in terms of pig production and the US and Holland for dairy production.

The analysis also shows that the low greenhouse gas emissions are due to a very high feed conversion rate in livestock production. The handling of livestock manure and Denmark’s relatively cool climate also help to reduce climate gas evaporation. It is also significant that 1 kg of Brazilian pig meat impacts the climate approximately 80 per cent more than 1 kg of Danish pig meat.

Competition among the least climate-impacting countries is, however, fierce as the countries at the top rank very closely to each other in terms of climate gas emissions.

"The report shows that Denmark is among the most climate-efficient countries in the world when it comes to pig meat and dairy production,” says Martin Merrild, Chairman, Danish Agriculture & Food Council. “There are not any major differences between the most efficient countries.”

The results of the analysis open up for even greater efforts to minimise greenhouse gas emissions while continuing to ensure that Denmark remains a pioneering country for the rest of the world.

As Martin Merrild says:

"We need to maintain production in Denmark so we can export good and nutritious food products to the world’s expanding population and serve as a pioneer for others through the export of technology and know-how.”

The report from the World Resources Institute is particularly relevant in connection with the Danish food industry’s objective for climate-neutral agriculture by 2050. This will be achieved through close partnership with the rest of Denmark and in accordance with global objectives. Denmark is keen to demonstrate to the world that there is an economically sustainable way to climate neutral food production.

Read more about the Danish food industry’s objectives here 

The Danish Agriculture & Food Council was one of the sponsors of the research, offering co-financing. The report contains a comparison of climate emissions from various countries’ agricultural productions.