Animal by-products showcase sustainability

Animal by-products showcase sustainability

44% of a cow's carcass is not use for food, according to the North American Meat Institute

A new Meat MythCrusher video is focusing on what happens to the sizeable portion of animal carcasses that are rendered into products other than meat.

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The video, produced by the Meat Institute and the American Meat Science Association, features Dale Woerner, Ph.D., associate professor at Colorado State University who says, "Rendering certainly adds to the sustainability of our industry in that we repurpose or reuse almost the entire animal for many things. We're able to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and that can be equated to 12 million cars per year off U.S. roadways."

Dale Woerner, Ph.D., associate professor at Colorado State University talks with NAMI's Janet Riley. (Screenshot)

Woener explains that the additional products derived from animals such as leather, medicines, cosmetics and pet food are often not included in calculations of sustainability cited in the media.

According to NAMI, by-products from cattle and other species are routinely used in a variety of ways. Textile, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, and other industries are all able to find a functional use for animal by-products.

Outputs derived from items that may otherwise be disposed of include, but certainly are not limited to: leather and other textiles, pet food, animal feed, soap, personal care products, industrial lubricants, biodiesel fuel and medicines.

"Using animal-based products makes the most out of an animal’s life, supports the lives of other animals with high protein feed, and sustains people with nutrient dense protein. As a whole, meat and livestock production offer many benefits that are often not considered in sustainability discussions," the group says.

All of the Meat MythCrusher videos are available at meatmythcrushers.com .

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