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"Much of the country’s methane emissions come from animals that millions of poor people rely on for sustenance every day" Indeed, but what's also needed in the equation is the large potential for efficiency gains in India.

Veterinary care, breeding, herd & grazing management, feed interventions, increased C-seq, ... A 30% reduction in emissions can be achieved globally if the top-10% most efficient practices would be adopted. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30215340
According to FAO data, the enteric emission of methane emissions over the past 50 years has declined in industrialized nations (and not just per kg of beef, but even in total). Potential for further improvement is particularly high in India.
Relationship between per capita bovine meat availability (proxy for consumption) and total bovine (cattle + buffalo) methane emissions:

India is #1 emitter but at less than 1 kg/p/y
Meanwhile getting little nutritional value per capita out of a very large herd.
While there is a clear need for quality protein and a long list of minerals & vitamins that are very bio-available in animal source foods.
The emissions for beef are an issue to be addressed but there is a lot of margin at our disposition.
The path is not straightforward unfortunately. The situation in India will have to factor in a lot of cultural factors. thewire.in/environment/an…
And the complexity goes beyond the obvious.

"If you’re concerned about the effects of animal agriculture on the climate, you may also have to rethink your masala dosa and dal makhani."
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