In case it comes up -
96% of the feed consumed by domesticated ruminants is NOT human-edible. The grains that are fed amounts to 7% of 2018 global cereal production. #Upcycling #FoodSecurity #EssentialNutrition #SustainableFood
83% of all livestock feed is consumed by ruminants, which can utilize resources humans cannot consume directly.
86% of the feed consumed by all livestock is NOT human edible. This amount of grain is 26% of 2018 global cereal production.
Mottet, A., et al. (2018). "Review: Domestic herbivores and food security: current contribution, trends and challenges for a sustainable development." Animal 12(s2): s188-s198.
Mottet, A., et al. (2017). "Livestock: On our plates or eating at our table? A new analysis of the feed/food debate." Global Food Security 14: 1-8.…

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Only 4% of the feed consumed by the global domestic ruminant herd is *potentially* human-utilizable. The upcycling of the other 96% into resources that are essential to modern (& future) societies is under-appreciated.
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