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NEW Video To Address The “Feed Vs. Food” Debate

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology has released another video, this time addressing concerns that meat production takes away food for human consumption.

Yesterday, I shared a Meat MythCrusher video about meat as a part of a healthy diet. Today, I have another good video to add to your arsenal that addresses the “feed vs. food” debate.

One of the long-standing arguments from the vegetarian and vegan crowd is that meat production not only depletes natural resources, but that cattle eat grain that could otherwise feed humans. Actually, I think there are plenty of corn-based products on the shelves these days for human use, as well as sufficient supply to feed our cattle.

A new video from the Council for Agriculture Science and Technology (CAST), entitled “Is A Cow Eating My Lunch?” addresses the concern consumers have about whether or not animal agriculture takes away human food supplies and wastes resources.


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Based on CAST’s Issue Paper, “Animal Feed vs. Human Food: Challenges and Opportunities in Sustaining Animal Agriculture Toward 2050,” the new video showcases the efficiency and environmental friendliness of meat production.

According to CAST, the video provides science-based information about the “feed vs. food” debate including, “how global animal agriculture provides safe, affordable, nutrient-dense foodstuffs that support human health and well-being as part of a balanced diet, as well as many by-products that benefit humans; how the global livestock industry faces considerable challenges as the population grows, and demands for more food must be aligned with concerns about the environment, economy and sustainability; and how livestock production is important in the economic and social sustainability of developed and developing countries alike.”

Watch the video below and let me know what you think. Be sure to share it on your social media outlets, as well.

Without a doubt, feeding a growing planet is going to be a huge challenge in the years to come. The meat and dairy industries have a huge responsibility and opportunity to provide products for a growing population around the globe. As Washington State University’s Jude Capper points out on the CAST video, living on corn and soy doesn’t work for everyone, so there will always be a place for the animal agricultural industry.

Have you ever been asked about the feed vs. food issue? If so, how did you respond? Do you think the opponents of meat production have any merit in their concerns? Share your opinions in the comments section below.


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n karpis (not verified)
on Feb 26, 2014

this is a rich nation that has never faced starvation so maybe people need to be put out on the Arizona desert and see how well they can survive on what a cow can raise a calve on. or they can come to Oklahoma and live on some good native grass most everybody seems to forget that the first 800lb are put on forage .my cows don't get grain there rumen is efficient enough that they can make it on forage

Kaitlyn (not verified)
on Feb 27, 2014

This is a great video. I wish we could get it shared in every school.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Feb 28, 2014

Its not a food vs feed debate --rather a food vs fuel debate and we can thank the Obama Admin and the Ethanol Cornbeltcommunists for that 5B bushel mandate

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