Consumers have questions about the effects of animal agriculture. Many are concerned that it takes away human food supplies and wastes resources. CAST wants to help consumers learn about the role animals can have in a healthy diet and a sustainable environment.
Earlier Press Release:
An important CAST Issue Paper was presented at three rollouts in Washington, D.C., on Monday, September 23. Authors and reviewers led by Dr. Jude Capper have examined the facts and provided science-based research to support credible information about animal agriculture and the “feed versus food” issue. Dr. Capper spoke at the three sessions, and she fielded questions from the audience. Issue Paper #53, Animal Feed vs. Human Food: Challenges and Opportunities in Sustaining Animal Agriculture Toward 2050, is now available on this CAST website (video of Dr. Capper’s presentation is also available).
Livestock production has been dealing with an image problem. Some mistakenly believe that animal agriculture takes away human food supplies and wastes resources–this general message can be misconstrued or misused. In this CAST Issue Paper, scientific experts address the knowledge gap that exists as to the quantity of human food and fiber by-products used within animal agriculture. Task Force authors examine the facts and provide science-based research to support credible information about the “feed versus food” issue.
This paper emphasizes that improved communication is needed between livestock production stakeholders and the consumer to further a better understanding of the economic, environmental, nutritional, and social benefits conferred by animal agriculture on a global and regional basis.
Task Force Authors:
Jude L. Capper (Chair), Montana State University
Larry Berger, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Mindy M. Brashears, Texas Tech University
Helen H. Jensen, Iowa State University
CAST Issue Paper 53 and its companion Ag quickCAST are available as free downloads from the CAST website, along with many other CAST publications. All CAST Issue Papers, Commentaries, and Ag quickCASTs are FREE.
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