This report highlights how the animal agriculture industry shares the same values as today’s consumer with its never-ending commitment to animal care, environmental stewardship, responsible antibiotic use, food safety and nutrition.
What Is Sustainability?
The meaning of sustainability has been subjected to a variety of interpretations, but it is critical to understand that sustainability is a continuous journey, rather than a destination.
To those in agriculture, sustainability means using natural resources efficiently; caring for the land, air, water and wildlife.
Livestock production in the United States is a model for the rest of the world for several reasons: (1) we use advance genetics; (2) we use advanced healthcare; and (3) we feed our animals optimal diets.
- Animal Feed vs. Human Food: Challenges and Opportunities in Sustaining Animal Agriculture Toward 2050
- Nutritional and greenhouse gas impacts of removing animals from US agriculture
- A Retrospective Assessment of U.S. Pork Production: 1960-2015
- A Retrospective Analysis of the United States Poultry Industry: 1965 – 2010
- Coalition for Sustainable Egg Study
- The environmental impact of beef production in the United States: 1977 compared with 2007
- The environmental impact of dairy production: 1944 compared with 2007
Meat & Milk’s Sustainability Story
From 1944 to 2007, U.S. dairy producers used 77% less feed, 90% less land, 65% less water and have achieved a 63% reduction in the carbon footprint per gallon of milk!
The modern U.S. beef industry uses 19% less feed, 12% less water, 33% less land and has a 16% lower carbon footprint compared to beef production in the 1970’s.
From 1960 to 2015, pig farmers in the U.S. used 75.9% less land, 25.1% less water, 7% less energy and have a 7.7% lower carbon footprint.
The resources used to produce one dozen eggs have been cut considerably with 26% less feed, 32% less water and a 71% lower carbon footprint since 1960.