The Animal Agriculture Alliance (AAA) released its updated Sustainability Impact Report last week. The 33-page report covers nine sectors of animal agriculture including beef, dairy, veal, pork, chicken, turkey, egg, sheep and aquaculture.
According to AAA President and Chief Executive Officer Kay Johnson Smith, the results highlight animal agriculture’s commitment to continuous improvement in environmental stewardship, animal care, responsible antibiotic use, food safety and nutrition. The report showed agriculture accounts for roughly 10% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), while livestock production is only 4%. The beef community, through continued sustainability efforts and improved resource use, has reduced emissions per pound of beef produced by more than 40%, while also producing more than 66% more beef per animal between 1961 and 2018. Data also revealed the dairy industry contributes less than 2% of total U.S. GHG emissions, while supplying the protein requirements of 169 million people, calcium requirements of 254 million people and energy requirements of 71.2 million people.
For the full report, go to www.animalagalliance.org.