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How does food waste impact sustainability?

The checkoff recently published another fact sheet in a series responding to "Tough Questions about Beef Sustainability." The series intent is to provide high-level answers to some of the more challenging and complex issues related to beef sustainability. The fact sheet, “How does food waste impact sustainability?” examines food waste from production to consumption, its impact on the environment, and opportunities for improvement.

Beef Sustainability Fact Sheets

In a nod to its mission to maintain consumer confidence in beef as a sustainable food, the checkoff-funded beef sustainability program has developed an informative series of fact sheets called “Tough Questions about Beef Sustainability.” These fact sheets provide straightforward answers to some of the complex questions about sustainability of beef. Recently released Fact Sheet 14, “Are residues of the growth hormones used in cattle in our drinking water?,” shows that while cattle producers have been using hormone implants in cattle for more than 50 years in order to increase growth rates and feed efficiency, no evidence exists that these technologies impact human drinking water supplies. 

Additional Beef Checkoff Resources:

Consumers looking for nutrition and dietary information about beef can go to www.beefnutrition.org to order or download materials and research information, or find a schedule of nutrition events and seminars.
 
Consumers, producers and other industry professionals can go to www.beefresearch.org for summaries of checkoff-funded research in the areas of beef safety, human nutrition, product enhancement and market research, projects which provide the foundation for checkoff programs in promotion, marketing, education, information and foreign marketing.
 
Safety is a priority of the beef industry and www.bifsco.org,  houses information about the Beef Industry Food Safety Council (BIFSCo), its discussions and meetings, an application to join the council, and consumer information about beef safety.
 
Finding new convenient cuts is one very successful way the checkoff has helped add value to the beef carcass over the years. In cooperation with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, http://bovine.unl.edu/ is the industry’s primary beef cut resource.
 
Checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance program information is available at www.bqa.org where you can find systematic information about coupling proper animal-husbandry techniques with accepted scientific knowledge to improve the quality of the end beef products.
 
Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) is a misunderstood but potentially serious animal disease. For the most accurate information, turn to www.bseinfo.org, an informational site housing current information regarding for consumers, producers and beef industry representatives.
 
While never occurring in the United States, www.fmdinfo.org is an informational site housing current information regarding foot-and-mouth disease for consumers, producers and beef industry representatives.

 


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