Natural Feed Reduces Livestock GHGs
Since 1990, synthetic amino acids gradually began to replace soybeans in livestock feed. This trend impacts lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions from livestock production, in addition to family farm revenue. A 2020 Argonne laboratory study found greenhouse gases and carbon intensity are significantly higher with synthetic feed compared to natural ingredients. This finding matters to sustainability managers because about 90% of GHG emissions from pigs and poultry come from producing the feed.3
Higher Soybean Protein Reduces GHGs
FieldRise scientists combined GHG data from Benevides and others with the effect that better soybeans have on ingredients in livestock diets. They found that when soybean meal quality increases, DDGS and synthetics are reduced. Overall feed corn demand goes up, and greenhouse gasses are reduced. This finding is a breakthrough because it identifies a practical way to improve feed quality and reduce greenhouse gases at the same time. That means farmers and their customers can advance mutual success in new ways by working together from Seed to Feed.
Up to 4.6% reduction in swine diets and up to 4.5% in poultry diets across all phases
It’s easy to be proactive. Here’s how you can help.
Farmers can find soybeans that deliver maximum feed value and boost corn demand by emailing John@FieldRise.com. You can learn more and join other farms in future value-sharing negotiations with feed buyers.
Families can take action for farm, food, and energy sustainability by registering to receive a confidential sustainability survey and personal report on how your practices compare to others.
Organizations now have a practical and affordable way to measure and advance farm and food sustainability practices faster and cheaper. Here you will find more information about improving sustainability metrics in partnership with farmers and consumers.
- Pahola Thathiana Benavides, Hao Cai, Michael Wang, Nick Bajjalieh, Life-cycle analysis of soybean meal, distiller-dried grains with solubles, and synthetic amino acid-based animal feeds for swine and poultry production, Animal Feed Science and Technology, Volume 268, 2020, 114607, ISSN 0377-8401, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anifeedsci.2020.114607