January 28, 2014
As we look at the obstacles in building the precision pig of the future, producers must consider the perceptions held by consumers. One of those perceptions is that feed produced for livestock competes for human food supplies, and represents an inefficient or wasteful use of resources. An issue paper by the Center for Agricultural Science and Technology published last fall reviews the present situation and explains what the industry needs to do to move the gauge in its favor.
Authors of the paper are Jude Capper, Montana State University; Larry Berger, University of Nebraska; Mindy Brashears, Texas Tech University; and Helen Jensen, Iowa State University. They note that all foods have an environmental cost, and that cost is not restricted to foods of animal origin.