Cows have been condemned for climate change effects time and time again – often times unfairly with overstated figures and exaggerated claims. But even now, as anti-animal agriculture activists rally this cause as an excuse to reduce or even eliminate the consumption of meat, milk, poultry and eggs, farmers and ranchers have countered their claims with a continued commitment and action toward reaching solutions. Enter: carbon sequestration.
Dietitians translate food and nutrition science into practical solutions to help people consume a nutrient-rich diet to maintain and improve health. But many RDs never realized that clients, patients, and students would challenge them with questions about how their food is grown and the impact agriculture has on the environment, food safety, and sustainability.
As Thanksgiving is just around the corner, I have been reflecting on what I am thankful for. I am thankful for agriculture.
The U.S. animal agriculture community is highly engaged in the work of the United Nations Food Systems Summit (FSS) and has a track record of progress and ambitious commitments that align with the FSS’ focus on enhancing sustainability.
Animal rights activist groups, “journalists” and others continue to attempt to malign the reputation of the animal agriculture community and its commitment to providing consumers with safe, affordable and nutritious food choices. We’re here to set the record straight.
Animal agriculture is constantly advancing: producing more food for the growing population, decreasing its environmental impact, and developing technologies for a continuously improving sustainable food system. 3.9 percent of total greenhouse gas emissions? Farmers and ranchers, alongside researches, are working to reduce that even more. Methane digesters, seaweed and feed additives are just a few of the new technologies being developed and implemented to reduce that number.