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Parliamentary questions
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3 January 2020
E-000011/2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Izaskun Bilbao Barandica
 Subject: Genetic research to reduce methane emissions from livestock

The reduction of methane emissions from livestock farming is one of the objectives of the policies to combat climate change. The organisation Beef + Lamb New Zealand has started to implement a genetic improvement programme to contribute to this objective based on measurements initiated in 2008. The country has a population of 4 million people. Its sheep population is 2 million. 80 % of its total methane emissions come from sheep and cattle farming. This is why they have been developing this innovation for a decade. After six years of testing, the programme has made it possible to establish a procedure for the selection of rams producing lower emissions and to allow for this positive difference to be passed on to the next generation. In Europe, Norway and Ireland have already expressed interest in this technology.

Does the Commission consider the above-mentioned programme to be of interest for European livestock farming?

Is there any comparable research in the European Union?

Would this type of action be eligible for Horizon funding earmarked for research and innovation projects in food, agriculture, rural development and the bio-economy?

 

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