1453: Understanding the science behind the animal

Mike Steele, Chief Executive of the British Society of Animal Science (BSAS), explains why an improved understanding amongst consumers would enable the animal science research community to help tackle the challenges posed by food demand. .

Year of Publication2012

The scientific community has to prove its value and get funders to understand the need to provide sufficient resources to undertake long term projects. Very often researchers are a long way – both physically and mentally – from agriculture and understanding its needs. If research organisations do not feel confident in communicating they need to consider using specialists. And the public needs to understand about the importance of food that will have a positive impact on their health, and how paying more for meat produced in higher-welfare systems like those in the UK is better for animals and often for the environment.

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