24 Sep 2021

NCC Releases 2020 U.S. Broiler Chicken Industry Sustainability Report

The National Chicken Council (NCC) released its inaugural sustainability report. The report provides a comprehensive overview of U.S. chickens raised for meat, known as “broilers,” and the industry’s collective progress in its environmental, broiler welfare, and social impact journey, as well as efforts to build a more sustainable food system.

The 2020 U.S. Broiler Chicken Industry Sustainability Report was submitted to the Scientific Group of the U.N. Food Systems Summit 2021, ahead of the U.N. Food Systems Summit to be held September 23 in New York City. Guided and inspired by the call to action in the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the report is also intended to complement the important work being done by the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Poultry & Eggs, which is developing a framework for collecting data to further innovation, drive improvements and support communication about the measured and verified sustainability of U.S. chicken.

Six essential industry topics are addressed in NCC’s report, including: air, land, and water; broiler health and welfare; employee safety and wellbeing; food and consumer safety; community support; and food security. The report features new broiler life cycle assessment (LCA) data commissioned by NCC. The Broiler Production System Life Cycle Assessment: 2020 Update reveals the broiler industry achieved significant improvements in key sustainability intensity metrics (environmental footprint per kilogram of bird) between 2010 and 2020:

  • Land use: down 13%
  • Greenhouse gas emissions (carbon footprint): down 18%
  • Water consumption: down 13%
  • Fossil resources use: down 22%
  • Particulate forming emissions: down 22%



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