Task Force Reports

Scientific, Ethical, and Economic Aspects of Farm Animal Welfare
Category: Task Force Reports
April, 2018

Many conflicting values and norms in our society related to the use of animals lead to increasing disagreements about what constitutes a “good life” for the animals in our care. Broadly speaking, applied ethicists have discussed two different approaches to this topic—one focuses on the consequences of using animals in particular ways, and the other on the morality of that use, regardless of the consequences.

Carbon Sequestration and Greenhouse Gas Fluxes in Agriculture: Challenges and Opportunities
Category: Task Force Reports
October, 2011

The need to decrease concentrations of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases (GHGs) in Earth’s atmosphere has been identified as one of the most pressing modern-day environmental issues. Agriculture, in addition to being affected by the climate, contributes to climate change through its exchanges of GHGs with the atmosphere.

Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Mitigation: Challenges and Opportunities for Agriculture
Category: Task Force Reports
May, 2004

Greenhouse gases (GHGs) are of increasing concern because of their potential role in promoting rapid and undesirable change in climate. Agriculture ironically serves as both a source and a sink for this increase in GHGs.

Integrated Pest Management: Current and Future Strategies
Category: Task Force Reports
June, 2003

This comprehensive report offers an insightful, up-to-date analysis of the issues involved in pest control. The report is designed to offer policymakers, opinion makers, and educators an informed overview of the changing nature of these choices in the twenty-first century.

Mycotoxins: Risks in Plant, Animal, and Human Systems
Category: Task Force Reports
January, 2003

This extensive report compiles the most current, complete information available on mycotoxins in order to provide an understanding of their associated risks and impacts on plant, animal, and human systems.

Urban and Agricultural Communities: Opportunities for Common Ground
Category: Task Force Reports
May, 2002

The changing role of agriculture in urban settings is considered in this comprehensive report written by a twelve-member task force. The report frames “urban agriculture” in both historical and contemporary American society, providing a picture of geographic, demographic, and economic changes in rural and metropolitan life.

Vertical Coordination of Agriculture in Farming-Dependent Areas
Category: Task Force Reports
March, 2001

This CAST report provides policymakers, community leaders, and farmers with a guide to help weigh the advantages and disadvantages of contract farming and other forms of vertical coordination in agriculture.

Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies in the United States
Category: Task Force Reports
September, 2000

This report from CAST characterizes the overall U.S. risk for the occurrence of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), commonly called “mad cow” disease, as extremely low.

Animal Agriculture and Global Food Supply
Category: Task Force Reports
July, 1999

A task force of 13 scientists discusses projected demand for human food and the importance of animal agriculture in meeting these needs. Chair: Eric Bradford, Department of Animal Science, University of California, Davis.

Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia: Land and Sea Interactions
Category: Task Force Reports
June, 1999

A CAST task force of 6 scientists provides recommendations to help better understand all aspects of hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico and other areas of the world, and to decrease the Gulf hypoxic zone.