Sustainable livestock production? Industrial agriculture versus pastoralism

Breu, Thomas Michael; Höggel, Udo; Rueff, Henri (2015). Sustainable livestock production? Industrial agriculture versus pastoralism (CDE Policy Brief 7). Bern, Switzerland: Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

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Feeding our growing world population and preserving our natural resource base is a major agricultural challenge set to get harder. Despite agricultural productivity gains in many areas, roughly a billion people continue to suffer from chronic hunger.1 Meanwhile, we will likely add about 2.5 billion people to the planet by 2050.2 Yet providing enough nutrition for current and future generations is entirely possible, if we make the best use of Earth’s finite natural resources, especially arable land. Notably, one agricultural sector – livestock – places excessive demands on our resource base. But this is mainly due to globalized, industrial meat production methods. Tragically, the most sustainable livestock producers – herders and other mobile, smaller-scale livestock keepers – have been marginalized by mainstream agricultural policy for decades. It is high time for a course correction.

Item Type: Report (Report)
Division/Institute: 10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)
Graduate School: International Graduate School North-South (IGS North-South)
UniBE Contributor: Breu, Thomas Michael; Höggel, Udo and Rueff, Henri
ISSN: 2296-8687
Series: CDE Policy Brief
Publisher: Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)
Language: English
Submitter: Melissa Hofstetter
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2015 14:12
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2015 08:20
Uncontrolled Keywords: CDEPolicyBrief
BORIS DOI: 10.7892/boris.74250
URI: http://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/74250

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