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January 2020 • The Beef Industry’s Role in Green House Emissions, Climate Change and Long Term Sustainability
The beef industry has been accused of being a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and global warming by elected officials in Washington, celebrities in Hollywood, major media outlets, as well as environment and animal activist groups. The story line goes that if we reduce or eliminate beef production, we could reduce, if not eliminate global warming and climate change.
Joining us today to talk about the beef industry’s impact on the environment and long-term sustainability, we have Dr. Mitloehner, Professor and Air Quality Extension Specialist in the Department of Animal Science at the University of California, Davis, And Dr. Sara Place who is just finishing her role as Senior Director of Sustainable Beef Production with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and moving to Elanco as their Technical Consultant in Sustainability
February 2020 • “Sustainability”, Is It The New Watchword in Beef Cattle Production"
These days, you can’t get far into scrolling your social media feed, flipping through your favorite ag publication or even reading a mainstream media outlet without seeing a reference to “sustainability.” While it isn’t a new term, the word seems to be absolutely everywhere, especially in reference to food and agriculture. The idea that we should take care of the land, water and air is far from a novel concept to farmers and ranchers, but some in agriculture are still hesitant to embrace the “sustainability” term, due in large part to how some groups and individuals are making inaccurate claims about meat and milk’s impact on the planet.
Eric Mittenthal is the vice president of sustainability at the North American Meat Institute (NAMI and leads the Meat Institute’s sustainability initiatives and also focuses on developing communications to bust myths on the role of meat in the diet and how meat is produced.
Hannah Thompson-Weeman Vice President of communications for the Animal Agriculture Alliance. Since joining the Alliance in 2014, Hannah has led the development and implementation of communications to help connect consumers and influencers with factual information about modern food production. She monitors and responds to misinformation about food production and reaches out to the media and other stakeholders with accurate, science-based resources about modern animal agriculture.