European Union Seeks to Weaken Livestock Emission Limits

Several European Union (EU) countries have agreed to try to reduce the number of farms covered by proposed rules to cut pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from livestock, despite criticisms from some other member states. Under the European Commission's proposal, all cattle, pig, and poultry farms with over 150 livestock units would face limits. However, environment ministers from certain countries are pushing for only cattle and pig farms with at least 350 livestock units and poultry farms with 280 livestock units to be covered. These countries, including Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, and Poland, argue that the proposal is not realistic and is too burdensome for farmers.