Pulina (Sustainable Meats) adheres to the Dublin Declaration
The lecturer has signed a commitment to produce impartial scientific research on livestock systems
22, Nov 2022
Giuseppe Pulina, president of Carni Sostenibili, adheres to the Dublin Declaration. The scholar, full professor of Ethics and Sustainability of Livestock Farms at the University of Sassari, has signed a commitment, together with hundreds of other academics and researchers globally, to produce impartial scientific research on the value of livestock systems.
The objective of the call to action, launched last month and which 524 scholars from all over the world have already signed up to, is to counter the disinformation which has been afflicting the meat supply chain for years: one of the objectives of the declaration, not surprisingly , there is the one according to which "farming systems must progress on the basis of the highest scientific standards".
Pulina was included for the second consecutive year in the important world list World's top 2% scientists list, the ranking that includes the most cited authors in scientific publications, but also in the 2022 ranking of the best 1,000 scientists in the animal and veterinary science sector.
"Never before have scholars who deal with animal husbandry feel the need to restore a scientific truth, as an antidote to the dangerous fake news that pollutes information and prevents us from looking lucidly at the future of the sector, negatively affecting political and financial measures" Pulina explains.
This is even more true, according to the initiators of the declaration, at a time when the sector is facing an unprecedented double challenge: on the one hand, there is a call to increase the availability of foods of animal origin (meat, dairy products, eggs) to help meet the nutritional needs of an estimated three billion people at risk of nutrient deficiencies. On the other hand, some methods and the scale of livestock production systems present different challenges regarding biodiversity, climate change and nutrient flows, as well as animal health and welfare.
Sourcing and sustainability challenges are growing exponentially, and the advancement of science-based solutions becomes ever more urgent. The official results, which will summarize the efforts of the participating scientists, will be published in March 2023 by Animal Frontiers, the official journal of the American society of animal science, the European Federation of Animal Sciences and the American meat science association.
"The commitment - adds Pulina - is to collect scientific evidence on the nutritional, environmental and economic benefits of animal husbandry, and at the same time evaluate and propose solutions to improve and make the meat and its derivatives chain even more sustainable".
From the evidence collected so far, it has already emerged without a doubt that the livestock supply chain functions according to a circular economy model: livestock is essential for the conversion of biomass resulting from human nutrition residues, and consequently for the production of high-value food nutritious. Another result concerns proteins of animal origin which, by now it seems clear, have benefits above all for those individuals whose needs have increased: pregnant women, children and the elderly, above all. Not to mention the social, economic and environmental value that breeding activities have always carried out in the territories.