Earlier this year, the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) coordinated a three-day symposium in Washington, D.C., in cooperation with the USDA. The program was carried out by thirty-two presenters, speaking individually or as panel members. The broadly based program addressed the topic of "Sustaining Animal Agriculture: Balancing Bioethical, Economic, and Social Issues."
Critical issues addressed during the symposium included:
- Bioethical and animal welfare issues.
- Analysis of certification and regulatory programs.
- Integration of competing concepts surrounding the ethical use of food animals.
- Long-term survival of our agricultural system and food security.
- Societal and global impacts.
- Consequences of decisions by consumer and government decision makers.
Funding for publication of the symposium proceedings was provided by the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). A limited number of printed proceedings were produced. The proceedings are now available on the internet, free of charge, through the CAST Web site, and on the USDA/ARS/NAL/Animal Welfare Information Center Web site.