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Article Examines Importance of Animals in Agricultural Sustainability and Food Security

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

(North American Meat Institute)

A recent article published in the Journal of Nutrition highlighted the importance of animals to achieving food security, citing their contributions to agricultural sustainability and their high nutritional value in the diet. The authors note that animal products provide high-quality, balanced and highly bioavailable protein, as well as essential micronutrients, which play a critical role in achieving a nutritionally balanced diet, particularly in the developing world. The article also posits that animals are integral to a sustainable agricultural system and contribute to additional resources such as manure for fertilizer, on-farm power and other by-products. Ruminants are noted for their ability to efficiently convert the forages from grasslands into high-quality animal products, while grazing by ruminants promotes the health and biodiversity of grasslands.

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