On the Environmental Sustainability of Food Production

By Christopher R. Raines

This morning via Meatingplace.com I learned of an academic paper that addresses the some challenges animal agriculture faces in regard to the environmental sustainability of food production. The manuscript was written by professors at Washington State and Cornell Universities and an individual that works for Elanco Animal Health.  It’s aim is to help answer many questions about the ‘green food movement’ by addressing various topics concerning the environmental sustainability of food production, including:image_preview

  • Relationship between improved productivity and reduced environmental impact
  • Comparing ‘historical’ and ‘modern’ dairy production
  • Considerations for grassfed beef production
  • Disparities in livestock emissions data
  • An examination of food miles

The paper, presented at the 2009 Cornell Nutrition Conference, is available online here.