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Increasingly, consumers want to feel a connection with where their food comes from, and this presents challenges to farmers. At the Indiana Farm Bureau annual state convention, meat producers asked if they should be concerned about the future of the industry.

More plant-based proteins are now on the shelves, offering alternatives to meat, as consumers are more aware of greenhouse gas emissions and animal welfare. 

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Agriculture accounts for about 9 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. A recent United Nations climate report says to reduce those emissions, people need to eat less meat. 

That would mean big changes in a state like Indiana. It's one of the top states for livestock — like hogs and turkeys — and livestock feed, like corn.