Poultry Carbon Footprint Toolkit and Education Video Released

The U.S. Poultry and Egg Association has released a poultry carbon footprint estimation toolkit, and a new public video highlighting how chickens and turkeys are raised.

The toolkit was created to help facilities evaluate their carbon footprint and was developed in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting requirements and potential regulatory requirements associated with EPA’s GHG tailoring rule.

The toolkit allows facilities to calculate the emission of GHGs generated by stationary sources (i.e., boilers and generators) by inputting the volume of various fuels used at the facility into a spreadsheet that has been populated with the necessary arithmetic equations. The toolkit also provides facilities with anaerobic processes operated at wastewater treatment plants with the ability to calculate and log those GHG emissions to evaluate their need to report as required by the GHG reporting rule.

A publically available video posted on YouTube by the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association takes a behind-the-scenes look at hatcheries and poultry farms and addresses areas such as sanitation practices, vaccination techniques, poultry diets, poultry litter management, and the safeguarding of natural resources. It also highlights the sustainability of the modern poultry industry.

The video, “Raising Chickens and Turkeys for Today and Tomorrow,” answers many questions consumers have about poultry production. For example, are chickens and turkeys fed hormones? The answer is emphatically, no. Contrary to popular myths, growth-enhancing additives such as hormones or steroids are never used. The video explains how, through advances in breeding, modern animal care practices, and the efforts of the American farmer, poultry is produced sustainably and economically to help feed the world.

The video also takes a look at the more than 40,000 family farmers who own and operate the vast majority of small poultry farms.

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