Sustainable Livestock Innovations and Impacts
Growing public attention has been directed to livestock production and its implications in the US and worldwide. Serious concerns revolve around farm animal welfare, the carbon footprint of farm animals (especially within confined facilities), water pollution, and health and environmental impacts of high-animal-protein diets. On the other hand, increasing numbers of producers and programs are developing more sustainable and organic approaches in livestock management, aiming to reduce environmental impacts, and seeking to enhance the health of soils, animals, plant, ecosystems, and people. The panelists will talk about both innovations and scientific findings in livestock operations, including dairy, beef, and pork production, and discuss the environmental, economic and social outcomes. The panel will include a discussion of how and why such practices can contribute to the health of soils, animals, farms, and people. The panelists will discuss critical questions such as: How can such innovative practices be extended across the country? What are the main barriers to change, and how can those be overcome? More broadly, how do sustainable animal protein production and consumption patterns fit into the future of global food systems?
Cosponsored with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
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