Assessing the Role of Cattle in Sustainable Food Systems

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URL: https://journals.lww.com/nutritiontodayonline/Fulltext/2018/07000/Assessing_the_Role_of_Cattle_in_Sustainable_Food.5.aspx

Journal: Nutrition Today

Publication Date: 07/2018

Summary: Currently, livestock produces more than one-third of the world’s protein, and ruminant animals (ie, cattle, sheep and goats) have the unique capacity to convert nondigestible biomass (ie, grasses and forages) into high-quality protein. These factors highlight the need for prudent use of ruminants to optimize land use for production of adequate quantity and quality of protein. Any recommendations for changes in agriculture should consider impact on climate but must also focus on making optimal use of natural resources for creating healthy diets.

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Ruminant animals such as cattle, sheep, and goats contain multiple stomachs, which gives them the unique ability to convert grass and other forage-able biomass into high quality protein for human nutrition.

Are Ruminants The Most Sustainable Way To Provide Humans With Quality Protein?

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