At the recent American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) and American Dairy Science Association conference, Jude Capper, PhD, adjunct professor at Washington State University, gave the presentation “The Environmental and Economic Impact of Removing Growth-Enhancing Technologies from United States Beef Production” (see a previous article here).
In a poster presentation that was awarded an ASAS “President’s Pick”, Capper, who did research with Iowa State University economist Dermot Hayes, PhD Iowa State University, cited these current global situations:
- The global population is predicted to rise to over 9.5 billion people by the year 2050
- Farmers and ranchers face the challenge of producing sufficient affordable animal-source foods to fulfill nutritional requirements whilst improving environmental sustainability
- Improving productivity through increased growth rate and slaughter weight reduces resource use and greenhouse gas(GHG) emissions per unit of beef produced
- A positive correlation exists between environmental impact and economic costs of production
The poster includes tables that compare beef cattle raised with current technologies and those without, environmental impact, trade and more. You can see the poster here.
Read the full report on Capper’s presentation at Bovine Veterinarian here.