By Dr. Michael Azain, ASAS Public Policy Committee
The theme of the April 2017 issue of Animal Frontiers was “GMO Crops in Animal Nutrition.” Articles in this issue provide an excellent update and review of the history and future of GM crops, a review of studies where GM crops have been fed to livestock and the methods of assessing their safety, the potential for use of gene editing technology in livestock, and the politicization of food security. Read more
By Dr. Wendy Powers, ASAS Policy Committee
Nov. 1, 2016 – A new USAID report on global hunger and food security shares a vision and call to action contextualized by the identification of several emerging trends. These trends include urbanization, migration, dietary changes and climate change. They offer both challenges and opportunities to the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals of ending hunger, achieving food security and improved nutrition, and promoting sustainable agriculture. Read more
By Dr. Deb Hamernik, ASAS President
Sept. 8, 2016 – Dr. Tim Searchinger gave an invited presentation, “Livestock, land use, global change and food security” at the 67th Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP) in Belfast, Ireland on August 29 – September 2, 2016. More than 1,500 people attended the EAAP annual meeting.
Searchinger and colleagues recently evaluated several models for estimating greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture, bioenergy (e.g., ethanol from corn or wheat), and changes in land use (Science 347:1420-1422). Read more