Cattle biotechnologies reduce environmental impact and help feed a growing planet
- C. J. Neumeier and
- F. M. Mitloehner *
The human demand for animal protein will double by the year 2050. Food must be produced efficiently considering limited water and arable land.
Livestock production emits carbonaceous and nitrogenous compounds that contribute to air and water pollution as well as climate change.
Animal biotechnologies, including recombinant bovine somatotropin, ionophores, hormone implants, and β-adrenergic agonists, improve production and reduce environmental impact. Livestock waste treatment technologies such as anaerobic methane digestion reduce emissions and produce power and fuel.
Consumer education on the holistic aspects of livestock technologies is essential to allow a more balanced view of innovations that advance livestock production.
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