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Cattle call

J. Clay Burtrum May 4th, 2011

As an Oklahoma rancher and one of those caring for Oklahoma’s 5.45 million cows, I was troubled to see Oklahoma Gazette provide a confusing synopsis of methane emissions as it relates to the cattle industry and greenhouse gas emissions (“A toot point,” April 20).

Here is the bottom line and the truth of the numbers: According to the EPA, the entire U.S. agricultural system from blueberries to beef accounts for 6.2 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions, while fulfilling the absolute essential role of providing food security to Americans and many people in the world.

The beef we raise in Oklahoma and in the U.S. requires less land, water and energy than ever before, while providing essential protein and nutrients to your diet. While everyone has been talking about going green, we have been caring for our natural resources and working to improve upon the care of them long before there was a word for it.

—J. Clay Burtrum

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