2016 Sustainable Ag Summit: A Journey With No End

Jamie JohansenAg Group, Poultry, sustainability

2016_sustainableagsummit_bredwell_barger-weathers-copy“Sustainability is a journey that has no end. It is an ongoing effort that we must be prepared to look at forever,” said Paul Bredwell, vice president of environmental programs, U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY), while serving on the opening panel at the 2016 Sustainable Agriculture Summit in Atlanta. The panel discussion centered on cross-industry collaboration essential to advance continuous improvement in agriculture sustainability.

Dr. John Glisson, vice president of research, USPOULTRY, participated on a panel about “Hot Button Topics: From Antibiotics to GMOs.” Glisson addressed the topics of antibiotics, cage-free egg production and slower growing birds. Referencing antibiotics, Glisson remarked that the “less people know about a topic, the more emotional they are about it.” He also observed that the egg industry will have to invest billions to produce all of the cage-free eggs that retailers are requesting, as well as opinioned that the one issue that makes the least sense from a sustainability standpoint is slower growing birds.

Dr. Christine Daugherty, vice president of sustainable food production, Tyson Foods, while participating on the closing keynote panel, along with representatives from The Coca-Cola Company and Kroger, said consumers want to know what you are doing in a language they can understand. The panelists gave insight into how their companies are providing their consumers with greater transparency around the products they produce.

USPOULTRY, along with Field to Market, the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, the National Pork Board, the Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops and the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, co-sponsored the Sustainable Agriculture Summit, which brought together more than 500 diverse stakeholders from across the food and agricultural supply chain.