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Issue Papers - IP53 - September 2013

A popular belief exists that animal agriculture competes for human food supplies and wastes resources. Little scientific information exists regarding this concept, and it is therefore necessary to quantify human-inedible feedstuff use and re-examine the feed efficiency concept using a ratio of human-edible feedstuff input to human-edible (animal protein) output. This paper (IP 53) addresses the commonly heard argument that livestock compete with humans for food resources, thus providing support for the continued existence of livestock production.  It also addresses the knowledge gap that currently exists as to the quantity of human feed and fiber by-products used within animal agriculture. Chair:  Jude Capper, Montana State University.  IP53, September 2013, 16 pp. FREE. Available online and in print (fee for shipping/handling).

        

 
 
Ag quickCASTs - 53-QC - September 2013

This one-page Ag quickCAST contains excerpted material from its companion CAST document (IP 53), Animal Feed vs. Human Food: Challenges and Opportunities in Sustaining Animal Agriculture Toward 2050CAST video based on Issue Paper 53 (IP53) and a video of Dr. Capper's presentation also available.

 
 
Issue Papers - IP52 - June 2013

This paper looks at the history and purpose of the precautionary principle (PP) and examines problems of ambiguity, arbitrary application, and bias against new technologies. Because the publication (IP 52) is especially focused on the need to feed a growing population, the case studies center on agricultural issues such as pesticide use, genetically modified foods, and food irradiation. The authors state that the PP has played an important part in bringing attention to appropriate risk management. If it is applied in its more stringent formulations, however, the PP will suppress innovation, to the detriment of both the economy and human health. Chair:  Gary Marchant, Arizona State University.  IP52, June 2013, 20 pp. FREE. Available online and in print (fee for shipping/handling).

Video of Panel Discussion (courtesy of GW Regulatory Studies Center): Precautionary Principle: Innovative Concept or Risky Business
Intros (0:00 - 13:00), Dr. Marchant's presentation of paper (13:00 - 37:00), Panel Discussion (37:00 - 1:07), Q&A (1:07 - 1:30).

Panelists:
Dr. Gary Marchant, Regents' Professor of Law, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University
Susan Dudley, Director, GW Regulatory Studies Center and Research Professor of Public Policy, The George Washington University
Dr. Ricardo Salvador, Director and Senior Scientist, Food and Environment Program, Union of Concerned Scientists
Dr. Sally Kane, President, Society for Risk Analysis--National Capital Area Chapter (Moderator)

 
 
Ag quickCASTs - 52-QC - June 2013

This one-page Ag quickCAST contains excerpted material from its companion CAST document (IP 52), Impact of the Precautionary Principle on Feeding Current and Future Generations. (IP52)

 
 
Ag quickCASTs - 47-QC - May 2013

This one-page Ag quickCAST contains excerpted material from its companion CAST document (IP 47), Air Issues Associated with Animal Agriculture: A North American Perspective. (IP47)

 
 
Ag quickCASTs - 48-QC - May 2013

This one-page Ag quickCAST contains excerpted material from its companion CAST document (IP 48), Energy Issues Affecting Corn/Soybean Systems: Challenges for Sustainable Production. (IP48)

 
 
Ag quickCASTs - 2011-1-QC - May 2013

This one-page Ag quickCAST contains excerpted material from its companion CAST document, Investing in a Better Future through Public Agricultural Research.

 
 
Ag quickCASTs - 2011-2-QC - May 2013

This one-page Ag quickCAST contains excerpted material from its companion CAST document, The Science and Regulation of Food from Genetically Engineered Animals.

 
 
Ag quickCASTs - 142-QC - May 2013

This one-page Ag quickCAST contains excerpted material from its companion CAST document, Carbon Sequestration and Greenhouse Gas Fluxes in Agriculture: Challenges and Opportunities. (R142)

 
 
Ag quickCASTs - 49-QC - May 2013

This one-page Ag quickCAST contains excerpted material from its companion CAST document (IP 49), Herbicide-resistant Weeds Threaten Soil Conservation Gains: Finding a Balance for Soil and Farm Sustainability. (IP49)