Isn’t the damage done before it breaks down to C02?
Methane is a live-fast, die-young gas. Once released into the atmosphere, methane traps heat much more efficiently than carbon dioxide, but only over the course of around 10-12 years.
Methane generated by ‘life’ is called biogenic methane. One notable source of biogenic methane is ruminants, such as sheep and cattle. The creation of biogenic methane is intricately linked to the drawdown of carbon dioxide by photosynthesis in plants and pastures eaten by ruminants in the biogenic carbon cycle.
Under a stable livestock population within the red meat agricultural sector, there is no additional impact on temperature as emissions are not increasing.
The Australian Beef industry has already halved GHG emissions since 2005 and the red meat industry is working to further reduce emissions through initiatives such as production efficiencies, dietary improvements, renewable energy sources and increase CO2 stored on farm in the soil and in trees and shrubs.