reference : The role of productivity in improving the environmental sustainability of ruminant production systems

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Abstract The global livestock industry is charged with providing sufficient animal source foods to supply the global population while improving the environmental sustainability of animal production. Improved productivity within dairy and beef systems has demonstrably reduced resource use and greenhouse gas emissions per unit of food over the past century through the dilution of maintenance effect. Further environmental mitigation effects have been gained through the current use of technologies and practices that enhance milk yield or growth in ruminants; however, the social acceptability of continued intensification and use of productivity-enhancing technologies is subject to debate. As the environmental impact of food production continues to be a significant issue for all stakeholders within the field, further research is needed to ensure that comparisons among foods are made based on both environmental impact and nutritive value to truly assess the sustainability of ruminant products.
Author Capper, Judith L.; Dale E. Bauman
DOI 10.1146/annurev-animal-031412-103727
Issue 1
Journal Annual Review of Animal Biosciences
Keywords greenhouse gas emissions,dilution of maintenance,carbon footprint,animal source foods,dairy,beef
Pages 469-489
Title The role of productivity in improving the environmental sustainability of ruminant production systems
Volume 1
Year 2013
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