The Role of Animal Agriculture in a Sustainable 21st Century Global Food System
*This is an Invitation-Only Event*
The subject of animal agriculture is complex. Animal production is deeply embedded in the agricultural economies of the United States and other industrialized countries where meat consumption has stabilized, as well as in developing countries where meat consumption is increasing with population and income, and the production of meat is expanding and in some cases, becoming more intensive. Concerns about the environmental impacts of meat production are running up against concern over the ability to feed a rapidly expanding world population, with the implication that the current system of protein production falls short of meeting global environmental objectives and food security goals.
In May 2010, the National Research Council’s Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources began to explore the many dimensions of issues related to animal agriculture. This web page will be a repository of information related to the Board’s activities on animal agriculture, and include links to activities of other groups, as well as scholarly papers and reports.