However, the quality of life, whether it’s animals or humans, depends greatly on nutritional availability. Thankfully, that’s why animal scientists and researchers spend a great deal of time studying feed composition, feeding management and nutritional composition—all with the aim of improving well-being, enhancing performance and assuring proper growth and optimal health.
I mean, you can’t browse through a scientific journal, as I typically do most afternoons, publications such as The Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism, or the Journal of Molecular Biology, or maybe a couple back issues of Food and Chemical Toxicology, and not be impressed by the wealth of research devoted to what animals eat and how the professionals involved in animal husbandry can apply the findings to more efficient livestock production.
In fact, if half the effort and one-quarter of the applications aimed at raising healthier farm animals were invested in providing better nutrition and healthier food choices for kids (and adults), we’d go a long ways toward dealing with the ongoing obesity crisis we’re facing as a result of not consuming the optimal mix of protein, the right balance of energy sources and the proper levels of fat in our diets.
Of course, the veggies have an answer for that one: Just say no to meat and hello to soy.
You see, soy protein, they’ll be happy to tell you, has the perfect complement of amino acids. It’s the ideal source of quality nutrition.
Just as long as it’s not fed to animals.
Dan Murphy is as veteran food-industry journalist and commentator