Beef cattle grazing on American rangelands—not feedlots—could be net carbon sink
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Beef cattle grazing on American rangelands—not feedlots—could be net carbon sink

A new research paper by Michigan State University scientists analyses the impacts of soil carbon sequestration on life cycle greenhouse gas emissions in Midwestern USA beef finishing systems and finds that eEmissions from the multi-paddock grazing system were offset completely by soil carbon sequestration and that soil carbon sequestration from well-managed grazing may help to mitigate climate change. Continue reading

Tightened rules for use of antibiotics by livestock producers go into effect in the United States
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Tightened rules for use of antibiotics by livestock producers go into effect in the United States

From the United States comes this good news about a new rule that has gone into effect curtailing use of antibiotics in livestock production with the aim of reducing the rise of antimicrobial resistance to drugs of medical importance. Continue reading

Fighting climate change in a post-modernist world of pop art politics—Opinion by Phil Thornton
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Fighting climate change in a post-modernist world of pop art politics—Opinion by Phil Thornton

Phil Thornton leads CGIAR research on institutions and policies for climate-resilient food systems. He makes the case for better and closer scientist-citizen engagement in an opinion piece published this week in the wake of this year’s national political election results in Australia, the UK and the USA. Continue reading

Food and food systems thinkers advocate a national ‘food policy’ for the US–and maybe the rest of us?
Agri-Health / Agriculture / Consumption / Environment / Health / North America / Opinion piece / Policy / USA

Food and food systems thinkers advocate a national ‘food policy’ for the US–and maybe the rest of us?

Did you miss this call for a US national food policy by Mark Bittman, New York Times columnist and lead food writer; Michael Pollan, leading food, food systems and food science author; Ricardo Salvador, director of food and environment at the Union of Concerned Scientists; and Olivier de Schutter, former UN special rapporteur on the right to food. Continue reading

Animal Production / Cattle / Intensification / Livestock Systems / North America / Opinion piece / USA

Beef feedlots: Polluters or efficient use of resources?

There’s been an interesting debate published in the Wall Street Journal this week on whether feedlot beef is bad for the environment. Robert Martin, director of the Food System Policy Program at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, says the pollution spreads for miles. Jude Capper, a livestock sustainability expert based in Britain, says the beef industry keeps things safe Continue reading