It Wasn’t the Cows After All

A Greener World
4 min readJun 14, 2019

Written by Andrew Gunther

While the cattle industry is repeatedly accused of being the main culprit for increased global methane emissions (and a leading cause for climate change), a new study shows that the fertilizer industry is the root cause.

The report by researchers from Cornell and the Environmental Defense Fund, published in Elementa, shows that emissions of methane from the industrial fertilizer industry have been ridiculously underestimated (and, in turns out, based on self-reporting) and the production of ammonia for fertilizer may result in…

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