Beef Sustainability Research


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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: Beef Sustainability, Executive Summary, Life Cycle Assessment

Published: 2014


Beef cattle welfare in the United States

Identification of key gaps in knowledge and priorities for further research

This white paper and brief summary fact sheet explore all aspects of cattle welfare in the U.S. and identify opportunities related to a variety of animal welfare topics.

Tags: Beef Sustainability, Cattle Welfare, Fact Sheet/Topic Brief, White Paper/Technical Summary

Published: 2014

       White Paper               Fact Sheet



Sustainability Timeline

The Beef Checkoff Sustainability Research program is the only research initiative focused on addressing both scientific and consumer concerns regarding sustainable food production along all phases of the beef value chain.

Tags: Beef Sustainability, Fact Sheet/Topic Brief

Published: 2012

Sustainability Life Cycle Assessment

The goals of this study were to benchmark the eco-efficiency of the U.S. beef industry and to analyze the positive and negative trends associated with changes in practices over time. This provides a starting point for ongoing analysis and a journey of continuous improvement within the industry.

Tags: Beef Sustainability, Full Project Report, Life Cycle Assessment

Published: 2012


A simulation-based approach for evaluating and comparing the environmental footprints of beef production systems

The objective of this study was to develop and evaluate a methodology for using the Integrated Farm System Model (IFSM; USDA-ARS, University Park, PA) to quantify environmental footprints for current and historical beef cattle production. This methodology made it possible to quantify improvement by comparing current footprints to those determined using the production practices of MARC in 1970 and 2005.

Tags: Beef Sustainability, Journal Manuscript, Life Cycle Assessment

Published: 2013

Beef Sustainability Infographic

Similar to the Beef Sustainability Assessment Infographic, highlights of the sustainability research results and opportunities for further industry  improvements are illustrated. 

Tags: Beef Sustainability, Infographic

Published: 2014

Beef Sustainability Assessment Infographic

This infographic provides data to support improvements made by the beef industry between 2005 and 2011 in emissions to soil, greenhouse gas emissions, acidification potential emissions, emissions to water, water use, land use, resource consumption and occupational accidents & illnesses.

Tags: Beef Sustainability, Infographic

Published: 2013

Sustainability Life Cycle Assessment: Phase I

A sustainable beef industry is critically important as we work toward the goal of feeding more than 9 billion people by the year 2050. Experts estimate that this future global population will require 70 percent more food with fewer available resources.

Tags: Beef Sustainability, Life Cycle Assessment, Project Summary

Published: 2013

Environmental footprints of beef produced at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center

As a major contributor in food production, the beef industry provides an important service to our economy that must be maintained. Production of cattle and the associated feed crops required also impact our environment, and this impact is not well understood.

Tags: Beef Sustainability, Life Cycle Assessment, Project Summary

Published: 2013