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JeffArmstrong talks with Kirk Heinze on WJR

In part two of the conversation, Armstrong discusses sustainability, animal welfare, food safety and holistic approaches even further.

"If you want to see evolutionary changes in the food system, and it should occur on the farm, we need to get better, we need to house animals where it's the best welfare, the best food safety, lower the carbon footprint, use less water, etcetera," Armstrong says.

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This will be the first study of its kind to help determine how to better animal welfare and food safety for the egg industry with holistic approaches.

With a considerably fewer amount of food resources, the nation must produce 70 percent more food for 9.3 billion people in 2015 and 70 percent of those people will live in rural areas, Armstrong says.  Armstrong emphasizes the importance of sustainable food systems and says leadership must help the world's ever-changing food needs.


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