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Beef Sustainability

  1. 1. MEETING GROWING GLOBAL DEMAND BY BALANCING ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY, ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY AND SOCIAL DILIGENCE THROUGHOUT THE SUPPLY CHAIN. Committed to a journey of continuous improvement Greenhouse gas emissions 2% Water use 3% Emissions to soil 7% Energy use 2% Occupational illnesses and accidents 32% Emissions to water 10% Resource consumption 2% Beef Sustainability Ec onomic Environm ental Social Future opportunities to further increase sustainability: Source: Beef Industry Sustainability Lifecycle Assessment, funded by the beef checkoff Reduce food waste Continue to increase waste water recovery and biogas capture Further adoption of water efficient irrigation systems Continue to optimize nutrient application to soil and crop yields Explore additional packing alternatives to reduce inputs Increased use of precision farming techniques Improvements in crop yields Improved genetics, health and nutrition for cattle Improved implementation of right-sized packaging Increased use of biogas capture and conversion How was sustainability improved? percent more food needed to feed a growing population Now 2050 70% The Beef Checkoff Program launched a comprehensive lifecycle assessment to quantify and benchmark environmental, social and economic aspects of beef industry sustainability from 2005 - 2011. Improvements included: The beef industry has improved its sustainability by 5% in just 6 years to help meet those needs.