Canada: Quebec pork production beats world standard for low carbon footprint

28-12-2010 | | |

In response to consumer concerns over issues of greenhouse gas (GHG) generated by pork production, Quebec pork producers have taken the initiative to assess their carbon footprint. The results of a study by OCO Technologies have found that this footprint is below the worldwide average.

 The carbon footprint for pork production in Quebec is 4.16 kg of CO2 produced per kg of pork carcass.
“The goal of this study is to be able to compare ourselves with similar systems,” says Jean-Guy Vincent, president of the Fédération des producteurs de porcs (FPPQ). “The positive results of the study are very encouraging.”
Using a life cycle assessment (LCA) approach makes it possible to quantify all sources of GHG emissions from pork production in Quebec and then estimate the carbon footprint. The growing of grains for pig feed, feed production, manure management, farm operations, transportation and abattoir operations were all considered in this study.
Pork producers have taken this initiative because the globalization of markets entails a need for positive positioning where environmental issues are concerned. It’s also in keeping with the sustainable development indicators adopted by Quebec pork producers.