Inefficient methods of meat production have been highlighted by one food expert.
According to the director of Rothamsted Research, Professor Ian Crute, beef is an inefficient way of using grain.
However, he told BBC Two’s Newsnight that other production methods are more economical, saying: “There are differences in efficiency between different meat production systems. So for example in poultry production and some sorts of fish production, you can say that conversion is quite efficient.”
His comments follow discussions at the United Nations’ emergency summit on future food production with some theories suggesting a vegetarian society may be a solution for predicted food shortages.
Rothamsted Research is an organisation that analyses cereal and arable farming techniques.
Recently, a Meat Science postgraduate course was introduced by the University of Bristol, which was devised by a number of meat processing companies and staff at the Division of Farm Animal Science, Meatinfo.co.uk reported.