As in the Netherlands, a reduction in livestock is also politically very sensitive in Belgium. The report of the so-called Flemish Climate Follow-up Panel describes a scenario in which the number of pigs should decrease by 15% and there would be 10% less poultry.
The number of dairy cows should be reduced by a quarter and suckler cows (cows raised to raise calves) should be reduced by a fifth. All in all, that would mean that almost 25 million fewer animals are kept by Flemish farmers.
According to the experts, this reduction is not only good for reducing CO2 emissions, but also for nitrogen emissions. Moreover, according to the climate advisors, there will be less air pollution due to, for example, particulate matter and more space can be created for things such as recreation. Biodiversity could also recover.
In addition to reducing the number of farm animals, the climate advisers also advocate investments in the ‘protein transition’, which should ensure that the Flemish people eat more plant-based and less meat. They also see opportunities for more green energy in agriculture.
In the Netherlands there has also been talk for some time about reducing the number of animals, although the focus here is mainly on nitrogen emissions. Farmers strongly oppose forced downsizing and have protested several times in recent years.
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