USDA Commits $5 Billion to Building More Sustainable, Resilient and Inclusive Food Systems
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is to invest $5 billion to build more sustainable, resilient and inclusive food systems in the United States. At the United Nations Food Systems Summit, USDA outlined the steps it is taking to help elevate sustainable productivity growth and reduce food loss and waste domestically. Science-based, data-driven decision-making and innovative solutions will also be part of the solution, as U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack outlined at the G-20 Open Forum on Sustainable Agriculture earlier this month. Read more about USDA’s commitment.
U.S. Livestock Genetics Export, Inc. Joins U.S. Sustainability Alliance
U.S. Livestock Genetics Export, Inc. (USLGE) has joined The U.S Sustainability Alliance. Representing the U.S. dairy, beef, swine, horse, and small ruminant breeding industries, USLGE’s mission is to better serve world markets with superior livestock genetics. As part of USSA, it will highlight the role that improved genetics play in sustainable livestock production. Read more about USLGE.
U.S. Soy Sustainability Assurance Protocol Hits Exports of 100 Million Metric Tons
The U.S. Soy Sustainability Assurance Protocol (SSAP), which verifies sustainable soybean production in the United States, has reached a new milestone. More than 100 million metric tons (100,000 million kgs) of verified soy have been exported internationally in the seven years since the program launched and established itself as a global sustainable soy sourcing standard. Read more about the growing demand for U.S. sustainable soy.
New USSA Podcast Debunks Common Myths about U.S. Ag and Food Production
A new podcast series from The U.S. Sustainability Alliance aims to debunk common misperceptions about U.S. agriculture and food production, by talking to the people who know best. Each episode will feature interviews with the farmers and fishermen responsible for growing and catching our food on issues ranging from animal welfare to GMOs. Read more about what’s coming up in the series. And listen here on Apple, or Spotify.
Farmer Spotlight: Native Alaskan Bill Thomas on Family, Fishing and Protecting the Future
Native Alaskan Bill Thomas is a commercial fisherman, a politician and a sustainability advocate. He gillnets for salmon and long lines for halibut alongside his son Cole, the “heir apparent”. We spoke to him about his 52-year fishing career and protecting the future – both of his business and of the fisheries in Alaska, as per the State Constitution. Read Bill’s story.
Insight & Opinion: Water in Leather Production: The Incredible Shrinking Act
Thanks to new processes and technologies, the leather production industry has cut its water footprint by 37% in the past 25 years. Leather and Hide Council of America (LHCA) President Stephen Sothmann charts the industry’s ongoing progress, from the innovation that is reducing tanneries’ water use by up to 40% to the first steps towards water-free tanning. Read about water conservation in leather.
Cattle Rendering is an Unsung Sustainability Success Story
Without rendering, U.S. landfills would be at capacity in just four years. That’s according to Kent Swisher of the North American Renderers Association, speaking ahead of the National Cattle Industry Convention last month. Rendering’s sustainability success story doesn’t always get the attention it should, he said, but telling it will protect the industry’s future demand. Read how rendering benefits the three pillars of sustainability.
Young Designers Express their Pandemic Experience in American Hardwood
This month, London Design Museum visitors can see the results of American Hardwood Export Council’s collaboration with Wallpaper magazine. Twenty international designers were given the opportunity to showcase their skills by creating an object or piece of furniture using sustainable American hardwood to express their pandemic experience. Take a look at the next generation of designers’ work.
Did You Know?…
Today’s U.S. farmers and ranchers produce more than they did 30 years ago with less resources. U.S. agriculture would have needed nearly 100 million more acres (40 million hectares) in 1990 to match 2020 production levels. Source: American Farm Bureau Federation
What We’re Reading this Month
- The Cotton Trust Protocol continues to welcome new members. PVH, the makers of Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein, is the latest to sign up as part of its commitment to sustainably source 100% of its cotton by 2025.
- U.S. scientists are among the best in the world – and here’s the proof. University of California San Diego nanoengineers have developed fridge-free Covid vaccines by using viruses from plants or bacteria.
- Do eco-friendly and climate smart mean the same? And what is regenerative agriculture anyway? This guide has all the answers.
USSA Member Organizations:
Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute; Almond Board of California; American Hardwood Export Council; American Peanut Council; Cotton Council International; Food Export Association of the Midwest; Food Export USA Northeast; Leather and Hide Council of America; North American Export Grain Association; North American Renderers Association; Organic Trade Association; Softwood Export Council; USA Poultry & Egg Export Council; USA Rice Federation; U.S. Dairy Export Council; U.S. Dry Bean Council; U.S. Grains Council; U.S. Livestock Genetics Export, Inc.; U.S. Meat Export Federation; U.S. Soybean Export Council; and U.S. Wheat Associates
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