June 01, 2018

Call for input: U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef

Call for input: U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef

Members of U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (USRSB) developed a Sustainability Framework. Now, the organization has opened a 60-day comment period (open until July 1) to solicit public and industry input on the framework at this link.  The group is looking for constructive feedback on specific elements of the framework.

The framework focuses on 6 areas (high priority indicators) of greatest importance for sustainability across the beef value chain: animal health & well-being; efficiency & yield; water resources; land resources; air & greenhouse gas emissions; employee safety &well-being.  The framework then applies metrics specific for each segment of the value chain and establishes guideline that form the basis for improvement strategies for the target high priority indicators.

Specific industry segments include: cow/calf operation, auction market, feedyard, packer and processor, and retail and foodservice and segment-specific portions of the overall framework document can be downloaded at each page. .

This call for input allows anyone involved - or simply interested - in the beef supply chain from farm to retail, to provide feedback on evaluative guidelines that may affect future business operations.  Take a look here, and speak up.  For those more interested in pork, information about the Pork Checkoff’s Sustainable Pork Framework can be found here and on video.

Request for Comment: Bioengineered Food

 A recent amendment to the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 requires the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) to establish the national mandatory bioengineered (BE) food disclosure standard.

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service has requested comment on a proposed rule that would require food manufacturers and other entities that label foods for retail sale to disclose information about BE food and BE food ingredient content. The standard is intended to bring uniformity to food labeling.

According to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, “This rule-making presents several possible ways to determine what foods will be covered by the final rule and what the disclosure will include and look like.”  Public comment regarding the new rule is welcomed.

Comments can be posted until July 3 at this link. Note that public comment is invited regarding the definition of bioengineering.