January 17, 2024


Canadian beef industry unveils national sustainability assessment and strategy


The Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) has unveiled its National Beef Sustainability Assessment (NBSA) and Strategy report, which spans three years of rigorous scientific analysis, showcasing the progress of the Canadian beef sector between 2014 and 2021 across various sustainability indicators, Financial Post reported.


Funded with over CAD 2.8 million (US$2.08 million) from the Government of Canada's AgriAssurance Programme, the report provides insights into key environmental improvements achieved by the industry.


Notably, there has been a 15% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions to produce 1 kg of beef since 2014. This positive trend is attributed to enhanced efficiencies in cattle growth, resulting in a smaller carbon footprint.


Ryan Beierbach, chair of the CRSB and Saskatchewan beef producer, expressed enthusiasm about achieving the 15% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, putting the industry on track to meet its ambitious 2030 goal of a 33% emissions intensity reduction.


The report also highlights that land used for beef cattle production is estimated to store 1.9 billion tonnes of soil organic carbon, playing a crucial role in preserving vital wildlife habitat for reproduction and feeding.


Beierbach emphasised the industry's commitment to continuous improvement, citing the progress made on the sustainability journey. He commended Canadian beef producers for their role in advancing sustainability and achieving common goals.


Key findings include the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, significant soil organic carbon storage, and the industry's contribution to critical wildlife habitat. The report also addresses mental health challenges within the beef supply chain, emphasizing the importance of animal care and underlining the industry's economic contributions.


The Canadian beef industry remains a vital player in the country's economy, contributing CAD 51.5 billion (US$38.1 billion) to the production of goods and services, CAD 21.8 billion (US$16.1 billion) to the GDP, and $11.7 billion (US$8.6 billion) in labour income.


-       Financial Post

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