Climate protection in animal husbandry
Of all greenhouse gasses in Germany, 3.79 per cent come from animal husbandry as a result of producing meat, milk, butter, eggs and cheese for us all. Together with our livestock partners, we are working to continuously improve the carbon footprint of meat production – for climate-friendly animal husbandry and meat production.
Meat is an important supplier of nutrients, providing the body with essential proteins, vitamins and minerals. The manufacture of this valuable food requires resources.
In particular animal husbandry and feed production cause emissions that have implications for the climate. This includes methane emissions from animal husbandry and spreading manure, and nitrous oxide emissions from soil used in agriculture.
Looking further ahead
All measures are way off the mark if meat is not appreciated as it should be. It is one of our social tasks to use the valuable resources resulting from the carcasses as well as possible and to avoid waste.
First of all we ensure that as much of the entire carcass is used as possible. The export of pork from the agricultural nation of Germany also successfully helps to sell parts of the pig that are a delicacy in other parts of the world but which are not eaten in Germany. For example, pig trotters, stomachs, ears, veins, cartilage and much more.
We also want to implement hygiene standards that are as high as possible in order to minimise germ contamination on the meat and enable as long a shelf life as possible.
Marketing of a pig
The foundations have been laid for the further reduction of emissions from animal husbandry.
It is our goal to implement technology available on the market more widely in cooperation with our partners. In this regard, there are hurdles to overcome and initiatives to set. We are thus involved in politics and, through successful pilot projects, we are creating facts that pave the way for further development.
Tönnies is also working with researchers from the University of Kiel on a major joint project for the Association for Technology and Structures in Agriculture (KTBL) which looks at the effects of dung-urea separation systems on emissions. This creates a useful database for new stall buildings and approval processes.
Tönnies is committed to the integration of resource-saving processes in programmes for sustainably produced meat, which, alongside issues of animal welfare, also includes elements of resource protection.