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Executive Summary
Executive Summary
Introduction: A Journey of Continuous Improvement ...................... 5
Section I: Approach ......................................................................... 6
Conducting a Sustainability Assessment ................................ 7
Pre-harvest Data Collection ..................................................... 8
Post-harvest Data Collection ................................................. 11
Third-party Certification ......................................................... 11
Section II: Findings ........................................................................ 12
Economic Impact Category .................................................. 13
Environmental and Social Impact Categories........................ 13
Environmental Impact Categories .................................. 14
Social Impact Categories ............................................... 22
1970s Pre-harvest Data ......................................................... 24
Section III: Sustainability Timeline ................................................. 25
Section IV: Opportunities for Continuous Improvement ................ 26
Section V: Conclusion .................................................................... 29
Section VI: Acknowledgments ....................................................... 30
Beef Industry Sustainability: Meeting growing
global demand by balancing environmental
responsibility, economic opportunity and social
diligence throughout the supply chain.
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.
Today, a sustainable food supply includes balancing efficient
agricultural production with environmental, social and economic
attributes. The beef community recognizes the important role it plays
in contributing to more sustainable food and has committed to a
journey toward more responsible beef production. As a first step, the
Beef Checkoff Program launched a comprehensive assessment to
quantify and benchmark environmental, social and economic aspects
of beef industry sustainability.
This beef industry life cycle assessment is not intended to compare
one beef production practice to another. Instead, it is designed to
provide a benchmark which will help all beef operators along the
supply chain find individual means of improving the efficiency and
sustainability of their operations.
The beef industry is the first food system to benchmark its current
status in a holistic manner that encompasses all three aspects of
sustainability. The research included an evaluation of thousands
of data points to quantify the industry’s progress since 2005. By
documenting that progress, the beef community can for the first time
provide science-based answers to questions about its sustainability.