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The biopolitics of cattle methane emissions reduction: governing life in a time of climate change

McGregor, A. ORCID:, Rickards, L. ORCID:, Houston, D. ORCID:, Goodman, M. K. ORCID: and Bojovic, M. (2021) The biopolitics of cattle methane emissions reduction: governing life in a time of climate change. Antipode, 53 (4). pp. 1161-1185. ISSN 0066-4812

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1111/anti.12714


In this paper we analyse ongoing attempts to mitigate cattle methane emissions through the lens of biopower. Drawing on IPCC and FAO reports as well as the scientific literature, we detail how the problem of cattle methane has been made visible and the subsequent efforts that have emerged to govern human and non human life from molecular to global scales. Such efforts have been thwarted by the liveliness of cattle, farmers and consumers. Rather than mitigating emissions, production-oriented cattle methane research has assisted the expansion of cattle emissions by promising an immanent solution that is never realised. More recent consumption-oriented strategies are overdue but limited by a hesitancy to fully address the political problems associated with transitioning away from beef and dairy. More direct and transparent responses are needed to confront the contradictions between the expansion of animal agriculture and global efforts to mitigate climate change in fair and just ways.

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Divisions:Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Department of Geography and Environmental Science
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