Global Transfer of Virtual Water and Nutrients Related to Industrialized Animal Production Systems

Tuesday, March 8, 2005
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Richard and Rhoda Goldman Conference Room

The global trade in grain and meat between nations is extensive and is projected to grow considerably in the short term. The concept and quantification of "virtual water" involved in these trade exchanges has led to new insights of the larger consequences of global transfers in commodities. FSE will host a small international team of scholars, including economists, ecologists, and livestock specialists to scope out this issue and to expand this concept to include energy and nutrients. By documenting trends, developing scenarios for the future, the group is proposing ways to achieve desired outcomes in a way that is sustainable for the life systems needed to fuel industrial livestock systems.