Sustainability & resource efficiency
While there is no single, universally-accepted definition of sustainability, it is increasingly taken to mean a systemic concept that takes account not only of the environmental impact of any activity but also of the value that is derived from that activity.
AHDB Pork believes that sustainability means: 'Meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs'.
‘Environmental Impacts of English Pork Production – The 2011 Roadmap ‘Advancing Together’ has been updated (January 2014) and can be found here . It shows a significant improvement in the impacts of pig production on the environment.’
AHDB Pork has several research projects looking at the different ways it can help create a more sustainable pig industry. These include the:
ENBBIO Project - looking at Environmental and Nutritional Benefits of Bioethanol co-products (DDGS).
AHDB Resource Use Efficiency Calculator – This is a new strategic decision-making tool which has been developed to build awareness and understanding of how farm management decisions on the use of resources (including land) determine environmental impacts and associated economic impacts.
Green Pig Project - looking at the environmental consequences of using home grown legumes as a protein source in pig diets.
Low Protein Project - investigating whether protein levels in pig diets can be considerably reduced below current standard levels to allow producers to meet increasingly stringent targets for nitrogen emissions
The Real Value of English Red Meat - An Economic Analysis - A report commissioned by AHDB Beef and Lamb and AHDB Pork looking at quantifying the economic value generated by the red meat industry in England, published March 2012
Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF) delivers practical solutions and targeted support to enable farmers and land managers to take voluntary action to reduce diffuse water pollution from agriculture to protect water bodies and the environment. Click here to view video.