Dr. Jude Capper and other university authors extend the message presented in Issue Paper #53 to battle misconceptions presuming animal agriculture competes for human food supplies.

The video from the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) uses information from its Issue Paper, Animal Feed vs. Human Food: Challenges and Opportunities in Sustaining Animal Agriculture Toward 2050,to educate consumers disconnected from the food they eat.

A Task Force led by Dr. Capper use statistics and common sense to explain the role animal agriculture plays in feeding the world. While the industry is maximizing resources that could otherwise be unusable, challenges lie ahead in meeting food demands for the growing world population. Capper identified the improving economic conditions in China and India which will substantially increase demand for meat, milk and eggs in the next 40 years.

The industry is challenged with increasing production while limiting its environmental impact through increased sustainability, modern practices and technology.

Capper says animal agriculture uses land incapable of supporting production of human food crops and the animals eat many by-products and other feed products humans can’t eat, cutting down waste.

"Cattle eat many types of feed-substances that are not edible by humans. This means a more sustainable system."

In addition to supplying the world’s food supply, animal agriculture produces many by-products that benefit humans.

In a CAST release, the council says the video is a useful tool to inform the general public, be useful for students researching animal agriculture, and be of value for organizations looking at the impact of using animals as a food source.

The Issue Paper is available here.