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Fast facts about Canadian cattle and greenhouse gases

- Methane emissions in the Canadian beef industry account for only 0.05 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions (Environment Canada 2004).

- Canada contributes only two per cent of all global greenhouse gas emissions. Canadian agriculture contributes only 0.15 per cent of global greenhouse gas created by human activities.

- In contrast, in 2004 in Canada transportation was the source of 22 per cent of total Canadian greenhouse gas emissions - two-thirds more than agriculture.

- Methane emissions from cattle are a product of feed quality and digestability. As feed quality increases, the quality of feed and pastures in Canada exceeds that of most countries.