Quebec hog producers' carbon footprint below world average
January 10, 2011
by Meat&Poultry Staff
LONGUEUIL, QC – Quebec pork producers have taken the initiative to assess their carbon footprint in response to consumer concerns over issues of greenhouse gas (GHG) generated by pork production. Results of a study by OCO Technologies found 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," said 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. Growing 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 has 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.
The Fédération des producteurs de porcs du Québec represents the interests of 3,900 pork producers in 12 regional syndicates. Quebec's pork producers raise more 7.5 million hogs per year and generate economic benefits amounting to more than $1.5 billion across the province. The pork industry in Quebec employs 24,000 people and exports 60% of its products to more than 75 countries.