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Five grand challenges for animal science research – ASAS takes stock

The American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) has released five ‘Grand Challenges documents‘ that advocate research priorities for the future of animal science.

The issues covered are:

  • Animal health: Support for animal health research would improve disease resistance, disease prevention and animal productivity.
  • Climate change: A better understanding of climate change would keep animal agriculture economically and environmentally sustainable.
  • Food safety: Research into food safety can decrease chance of contamination on the farm and in the kitchen.
  • Global food security:  New research could improve the nutrient content in animal products, increase production efficiency and reduce food wastage along the supply chain.
  • Animal well-being: Animal scientists must conduct transparent, proactive research into welfare issues like animal housing and human animal harvest.

More on these ‘Grand Challenges‘ – including the documents behind them.

Catch up on ILRI’s strategy development process – setting out how we will address some of these.


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