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Sustainability Assessment of U.S. Beef Production Systems

As the young and dynamic field of sustainability science continues to evolve, there is a need to adapt and update the methodologies used in life cycle and broader sustainability assessments of the beef industry. Consequently, this project updated and expanded the original Eco-efficiency Analysis to the SimaPro™ computational platform, providing the framework for open and transparent assessment of sustainability metrics for the beef industry, and enabling rapid updating of data as well as scenario testing in the future. This work also established the relative contribution of the beef production sector to the national and regional economies.

Tags: Beef Sustainability, Executive Summary, Life Cycle Assessment

Published: 2017

Water Quality and Beef Sustainability

Cattle, like all animals excrete nutrients and microorganisms that can be pollutants at significant concentrations. This executive summary describes the management practices that are used to protect surface waters from these pollutants in cattle operations.

Tags: Beef Sustainability, Executive Summary, Water

Published: 2017

Ecosystem Services: A Social and Economic Survey of Ranchers in the Western United States

In addition to high-quality protein, ranchers in all regions of the country actively provide ecosystem services to society at large including wildlife habitat, open space, clean water, biodiversity, and hunting and fishing opportunities. This executive summary describes the multiple benefits realized by society from each acre of land under the care of ranchers in the Western United States.

Tags: Beef Sustainability, Executive Summary, Grazing, Land

Published: 2017

Sustainability Executive Summary

Ensuring a sustainable food supply is undoubtedly one of the greatest societal challenges. By 2050, 70 percent more food will be required to feed the growing population and all agricultural production will be needed to meet the increasing demand.

Tags: Air Emissions, Beef Sustainability, Executive Summary, GHG, Land, Life Cycle Assessment, Water

Published: 2014

 

How does beef fit into a sustainable food system?

Beef cattle play a unique role in a sustainable food system by upcycling – they consume plants and byproduct feeds of lower value and upgrade them to high-quality protein.
Additionally, cattle can graze and consume feeds that are grown on land that is unsuitable for cultivation, thereby expanding the land base available for food production.

Tags: Beef Sustainability, Fact Sheet/Topic Brief, Grazing, Tough Questions About Beef Sustainability

Published: 2017

Ecosystem Services — What are they and how do they relate to beef production?

Beef cattle production, including the proper management of grazing lands associated with it, is an important source of diverse ecosystem services to humans. This fact sheet explains how cattle production not only contributes to, but also in turn, benefits from ecosystem services.

Tags: Beef Sustainability, Fact Sheet/Topic Brief, Grazing, Infographic, Sustainability Animated Infographic, Tough Questions About Beef Sustainability

Published: 2017

What are enteric methane emissions?

As a natural byproduct of the mutually beneficial relationship between ruminant animals and the specialized microbes in their gut, methane must be released to protect the health of the animal and to maintain the viability of the microbes. This fact sheet explains this process and describes management practices that can reduce enteric methane emissions.

Tags: Beef Sustainability, Fact Sheet/Topic Brief, GHG, Infographic, Sustainability Animated Infographic, Tough Questions About Beef Sustainability

Published: 2017

Why is sustainability so difficult to define?

Sustainability is a term that is frequently used in a variety of industries, including beef production. The term has appealing attributes and there are likely few people who would not advocate for more sustainable production practices in many industries. But what is sustainability?

Tags: Beef Sustainability, Fact Sheet/Topic Brief, Tough Questions About Beef Sustainability

Published: 2017

Characteristics of beef cattle operations in the West

The Beef Industry Sustainability Assessment has been expanded to include data collection from the seven cattle producing regions across the country. This fact sheet provides results of the West Assessment, compiled through producer online surveys and visits to ranchers and feedyard operations in two of the seven cattle producing regions: the Northwest (Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming) and the Southwest (Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah).

Tags: Beef Sustainability, Fact Sheet/Topic Brief, Life Cycle Assessment

Published: 2017

Are residues of the growth hormones used in cattle in our drinking water?

Cattle producers have been using hormone implants in cattle for more than 50 years in order to increase growth rates and feed efficiency. Despite this long-time practice and the sensitivity of water-testing methods, no evidence exists that growth hormones used in cattle are in tap water supplies meant for human drinking water.

Tags: Beef Sustainability, Fact Sheet/Topic Brief, Tough Questions About Beef Sustainability, Water

Published: 2017