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Ecosystem Services: A Social and Economic Survey of Ranchers in the Western United States

In addition to high-quality protein, ranchers in all regions of the country actively provide ecosystem services to society at large including wildlife habitat, open space, clean water, biodiversity, and hunting and fishing opportunities. This executive summary describes the multiple benefits realized by society from each acre of land under the care of ranchers in the Western United States.

Tags: Beef Sustainability, Executive Summary, Grazing, Land

Published: 2017

Sustainability Executive Summary

Ensuring a sustainable food supply is undoubtedly one of the greatest societal challenges. By 2050, 70 percent more food will be required to feed the growing population and all agricultural production will be needed to meet the increasing demand.

Tags: Air Emissions, Beef Sustainability, Executive Summary, GHG, Land, Life Cycle Assessment, Water

Published: 2014

 

Why is sustainability so difficult to define?

Sustainability is a term that is frequently used in a variety of industries, including beef production. The term has appealing attributes and there are likely few people who would not advocate for more sustainable production practices in many industries. But what is sustainability?

Tags: Beef Sustainability, Fact Sheet/Topic Brief, Tough Questions About Beef Sustainability

Published: 2017

Characteristics of beef cattle operations in the West

The Beef Industry Sustainability Assessment has been expanded to include data collection from the seven cattle producing regions across the country. This fact sheet provides results of the West Assessment, compiled through producer online surveys and visits to ranchers and feedyard operations in two of the seven cattle producing regions: the Northwest (Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming) and the Southwest (Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah).

Tags: Beef Sustainability, Fact Sheet/Topic Brief, Life Cycle Assessment

Published: 2017

Are residues of the growth hormones used in cattle in our drinking water?

Cattle producers have been using hormone implants in cattle for more than 50 years in order to increase growth rates and feed efficiency. Despite this long-time practice and the sensitivity of water-testing methods, no evidence exists that growth hormones used in cattle are in tap water supplies meant for human drinking water.

Tags: Beef Sustainability, Fact Sheet/Topic Brief, Tough Questions About Beef Sustainability, Water

Published: 2017

Can different Life Cycle Assessment studies be compared?

This checkoff-funded fact sheet explains that while different Life Cycle Assessments can be compared through the harmonization of corresponding functional units and systems boundaries, significant care should be exercised in conducting the comparison or inappropriate conclusions may be reached.

Tags: Beef Sustainability, Fact Sheet/Topic Brief, Life Cycle Assessment, Tough Questions About Beef Sustainability

Published: 2016

How do you know if you are looking at a comprehensive and high-quality life cycle assessment study?

This checkoff-funded fact sheet shows that while there isn’t a single best approach for determining whether or not a life cycle assessment (LCA) is of high quality, the main issues to look for in a LCA study is compliance with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

Tags: Beef Sustainability, Fact Sheet/Topic Brief, Life Cycle Assessment, Tough Questions About Beef Sustainability

Published: 2016

If we fed corn to humans instead of cattle, would land use be more sustainable?

This checkoff-funded fact sheet shows that while the diet provided to finishing cattle in feedlots relies on some human edible inputs, such as corn and grain, most of the forages and by-products fed to cattle throughout their lives are largely inedible to humans.

Tags: Beef Sustainability, Fact Sheet/Topic Brief, Tough Questions About Beef Sustainability

Published: 2016

Is local beef more sustainable?

This checkoff-funded fact sheet explains that because the primary difference between local and non-local products is the type of transportation used in moving postharvest beef from processors to consumers, the term “local” simply reflects the distance a product has been transported before being marketed.

Tags: Beef Sustainability, Fact Sheet/Topic Brief, Tough Questions About Beef Sustainability

Published: 2016

Characteristics of beef cattle operations in the Northern Plains

The Beef Industry Sustainability Assessment has been expanded to include data collection from the seven cattle-producing regions across the country. This fact sheet provides results of the Northern Plains Assessment, compiled through producer online surveys and visits to ranchers and feedyard operations in the Northern Plains (Nebraska, South Dakota, and North Dakota).

Tags: Beef Sustainability, Fact Sheet/Topic Brief, Life Cycle Assessment

Published: 2016