157. Where Does Animal Agriculture Fit in Today’s Sustainable Food System?

FNCE Recorded Sessions from 2018

Ensuring a sustainable food system is one of the greatest social challenges today.

  • Release Date: October 21, 2018
  • SKU FNCE18157
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Ensuring a sustainable food system is one of the greatest social challenges today. The agricultural community, including cattle farmers and ranchers, recognize their important role in contributing to a more sustainable food supply. A sustainable food system must pay attention to these three pillars of sustainability (social, economic and environmental), which means balancing issues as important as food access, nutritional quality and environmental impacts.

Current discussions of sustainability and diet often focus narrowly on single environmental metrics or footprints such as the carbon footprints of individual food items. Consequently, there is a need for more nuanced assessments of the whole food system that account for the relationships between the three pillars of sustainability and the integration across agricultural production systems that provide individual food items to consumers' plates.

CPEU: 1.5
CPE Level: 2
Learning Codes: 8070, 4030, 9020

Learning Objectives

  • Explain how animal agriculture fits into a sustainable food system.
  • Identify ways that the animal agriculture community aims to meet the growing global protein demand while balancing environmental stewardship, economic viability, and social responsibility throughout the supply chain.
  • Provide context to existing data on animal agriculture's carbon footprint and the nexuses of economic, social and environmental components of sustainability, including the tradeoffs between environmental footprints of food and nutrient density.


  • Frank Mitloehner, PhD
  • Amy Myrdal Miller, MS, RDN, FAND


  • Donald Layman, PhD
  • Release Date: October 21, 2018
  • SKU FNCE18157