The National Beef Sustainability Assessment is a strategic assessment that benchmarks the environmental, social and economic performance of the Canadian beef industry. It highlights the areas where industry is doing well, and identifies opportunities for improvement.
The first National Beef Sustainability Assessment, released in October 2016, benchmarked the current status of the Canadian beef industry across environmental, social and economic parameters, and provided a baseline to monitor and measure progress in future assessments. The assessment informed the development of the CRSB’s Sustainability Strategy to help target future work, particularly under the CRSB’s Sustainability Projects pillar.
Future assessments will monitor progress and improvement across all three pillars of sustainability. CRSB plans to conduct the assessments every 5-7 years.
|GOAL #1||Build a stronger and more united Canadian beef sustainability community|
|GOAL #2||Reduce the greenhouse gas footprint of Canadian beef per unit of product produced|
|GOAL #3||Enhance ecosystem services and biodiversity on lands managed by beef producers|
|GOAL #4||Enhance riparian health and reduce the water footprint of beef production|
|GOAL #5||Reduce post-harvest meat waste|
|GOAL #6||Promote farm safety and responsible working conditions|
|GOAL #7||Promote excellence in animal care|
|GOAL #8||Support the further development, monitoring and dissemination of best practices regarding antimicrobial use|
|GOAL #9||Increase the financial viability of beef production in Canada|
|GOAL #10||Increase demand for Canadian beef though consumer awareness of sustainable beef production|
* The assessment published in 2016 was guided by a Steering Committee consisting of members of the CRSB, industry experts and researchers. Deloitte and Canfax Research Services were commissioned to conduct the assessment, which was reviewed by an external third-party panel of experts. Subsequent assessments will be guided by the CRSB’s Scientific Advisory Committee.
Following are a number of summaries, reports and factsheets to learn more about the results of the assessment and strategy.
The following infographics highlight key results from the National Beef Sustainability Assessment (click on each image for shareable files).
The below 35 minute video of the 2016 National Beef Sustainability Assessment is designed to be used in introductory agriculture courses where students have a base understanding of the Canadian Beef Industry. This can be utilized with the Student Discussion Questions. Instructors can contact firstname.lastname@example.org for an answer key.