Animal Agriculture Report Highlights Advances

Counters Center for Livable Future Report on ‘Industrial’ Farming

WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 21, 2013 The Animal Agriculture Alliance (AAA), of which the National Pork Producers Council is a member, today released a report detailing the efforts and progress America’s livestock, poultry and egg producers have made over more than a decade in ensuring animal well-being, protecting the environment, using antibiotics responsibly and producing the world’s safest food.

Titled “Advances in Animal Agriculture; What the Center for a Livable Future, Pew Commission and Others Aren’t Telling You About Food Production,” the report will provide stark contrast to a report from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Center for a Livable Future, the organization that initiated “Meatless Mondays.” Its report, expected to be released Oct. 22, is an update of a report issued in 2008 by the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production that was highly critical of modern food-animal production.

“America’s ranchers and farmers, including pork producers, always have strived to provide good care to their animals, to be good stewards of the environment and to produce safe food,” said NPPC President Randy Spronk, a pork producer from Edgerton, Minn. “The AAA report documents what we’ve done for decades in those areas, and it serves as a counter to the misinformation about modern food-animal production offered by groups that would have farmers and ranchers revert to a system that would be bad for animals, the environment and consumes.”

The AAA report includes information provided by organizations representing beef, chicken, dairy, egg, pork and turkey farmers and ranchers and showcases specific accomplishments in five areas: animal care, responsible antibiotics use, food safety, environmental sustainability and industry research initiatives.

The report also explains how animal agriculture has embraced technology to improve animal well-being and food safety and to increase productivity to feed a world population that’s expected to rise by 30 percent by 2050.

The Alliance will be hosting a teleconference tomorrow from 11 a.m. to noon EST, with third-party animal agriculture experts to discuss the efforts presented in the Alliance report. The presenters also will answer questions about the Center for a Livable Future’s re-release of the Pew Commission’s 2008 report. Experts participating in the teleconference include:

Dr. Richard Raymond, former Under Secretary, Food Safety Inspection Service, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Dr. Scott Hurd, former Deputy Acting Under Secretary, Food Safety, USDA

Janeen Salak-Johnson, PhD, University of Illinois, Associate Professor Animal Science

Dr. John Glisson, DVM, MAM, PhD, Retired Department Head of Population Health and former Head of the Department of Avian Medicine, University of Georgia; Vice President, U.S. Poultry & Egg Association

Dr. Frank Mitloehner, Professor and Air Quality Extension Specialist, Department of Animal Science, University of California Davis

Dr. Guy Loneragan, PhD, Department of Animal Sciences, Texas Tech University

A copy of the report is available on the Alliance website at www.animalagalliance.org. To register for the teleconference, please e-mail Emily Meredith, Alliance communications director, at emeredith@animalagalliance.org.