Christiansborg, was filled with green ambitions at A Green Day for Food Innovation, hosted by Danish Food Cluster. The keynote speaker, CEO at Danish Agriculture and Food Council, presented a clear 2050 ambition and it involves a ‘climate cow’.
Less burps may save the earth
One of the biggest climate sinners from agriculture around the world, is the CO2 emitted burping cows. But now, Danish Agriculture and Food Council is making the cow more climate friendly.
“Cows burp, which emit CO2, and we want to find a way to breed cows that emit less and thereby less feed needs to be produced. That is one part of our goals for 2050 and we call it the climate cow”, said Anne Lawaetz Arhnung, when she presented the organisation’s green ambitions and goals at ‘A Green Day for Food Innovation’.
But the ‘climate cow’ is not only a cow that burps less and has a decreased need for feed.
“When the cow is slaughtered, we of course want to use all the parts that we can for food, but we are also using for instance the skin to make leather, blood is used for medicine, and offal is used for mink feed. And we are constantly developing new ways to use every last bit of the cow as efficiently as possible, so nothing will go to waste”, Anne Lawaetz Arhnung explained.
An international show window with proud farmers
But the fight for a greener tomorrow cannot be fought alone.
“By itself, Danish agriculture does not make a very big difference in connection with climate, but that does not decrease our responsibility. We want to be a show window for the rest of the world to look at for inspiration to a more sustainable agriculture. That is something our farmers are proud to be part of and we value their perspective and inputs on the subject”, said Anne Lawaetz Arhnung and continued:
“At Danish Agriculture and Food Council, we want to take responsibility for the climate crisis, and we find that through collaboration in the cluster, with the farmers, with knowledge institutions, and generally in an international perspective we are stronger”.
Even though Denmark is a small country and the size of the Danish agriculture is tiny compared to the rest of the world, Anne Lawaetz Arhnung expressed the importance of showing willingness to change and keep on developing and researching new initiatives and methods to make the world greener. It may be too late tomorrow…
Action today, climate neutral by 2050
The subject of a greener world often revolves around how the future will look. And Danish Agriculture and Food Council also has some clear goals for the future and especially 2050 where they are determined to be climate neutral:
“What we mean by ‘climate neutral’ is that by 2050 we have a goal that the Danish agriculture does not emit more than it absorbs. Everything needs to be in balance”, was Anne Lawaetz Arhnung’s definition of Danish Agriculture and Food Council’s vision of a climate neutral 2050.
But what now? Is it all too late by 2050?
“Yes and no. By 2050, we have an ambition to be climate neutral, but the changes need to begin today. That is why we have been doing research and started different initiatives a long time ago. It takes time to find the right way to address the climate crisis, but we are working together in the cluster and with different universities to find ways to use our resources more efficient and emit less CO2”.
Besides the ‘climate cow’, Danish Agriculture and Food Council are working to find better ways to make use of feed, more eco-friendly ways to plough the fields, methods to use fertiliser for energy and much more.