US Roundtable for Sustainable Beef Releases First-Ever National Framework for Beef SustainabilityFri, 04 May 2018 10:03:30 CDT
The U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef Thursday opened a 60-day public comment period on the group’s Sustainability Framework, which has been in the works for over three years with more than 200 individual industry stakeholders contributing to its development. The Sustainability Framework is a set of resources developed to assist ranchers, cattle auction markets, feedyards, packers, processors, and retail and food service organizations in their efforts to continuously improve the sustainability of U.S. beef. Roundtable chair, Kim Stackhouse-Lawson spoke with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays about the framework, which she says should “serve as an invaluable tool in enhancing U.S. beef sustainability.”
“From the rancher to the consumer purchasing beef for their family meal, everyone plays a unique and important role in beef sustainability. The USRSB Framework was intentionally designed to apply to all sizes and types of operations and companies, no matter where they are in their sustainability journey,” Stackhouse-Lawson said. “This approach celebrates the diversity of the U.S. beef community, while providing enough flexibility to address the unique sustainability challenges across our national production system.”
The key areas identified by the group as being important to the sustainability of beef are referred to as High-Priority Indicators. These include: animal health and well-being, efficiency and yield, employee safety and well-being, land resources, water resources, and air and greenhouse gas emissions. The Public Comment Period will end July first. More information on the framework and how comments may be submitted can be found here.
“The USRSB Public Comment Period is an opportunity for us to listen. As we open this conversation to the public, we will build upon the USRSB’s foundational work with the important input from interested stakeholders,” said Stackhouse-Lawson. “Our journey is not complete after the comment period. The USRSB’s mission is to continuously improve, meaning we will always need to evaluate, assess, and adapt to ensure the U.S. beef value chain remains the trusted global leader in sustainable beef production.”
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