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Vaarst, Mette; Horsted, Klaus and Maurer, Veronika (2019) Organic poultry farming - opportunities and challenges. In: Vaarst, Mette and Roderick, Stephen (Eds.) Improving organic animal farming. 1 edition. Burleigh Dodds Series in Agricultural Science, no. 46. Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing, Cambridge, UK, chapter 15, pp. 307-328.

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Many different poultry breeds are kept by smallholder farmers throughout the world, some of whom are organic or agroecological, although not certified organic in all cases. Many of these breeds are locally adapted, multi-purpose, and indigenous. At a global level, smallholder agroecological or organic poultry flocks contribute to food security, protein supply, and the livelihood of many families, especially women, in many smallholder settings. This chapter introduces organic poultry farming and focusses on ways in which its practices can be improved. The chapter examines poultry as part of ecological systems and cycles and considers how the precautionary principle and concepts of naturalness can be applied to this area. The chapter examines health and disease in organic poultry farming and considers animal welfare aspects, such as fairness and good quality of life. Finally, the chapter looks ahead to future research trends in this area.

EPrint Type:Book chapter
Keywords:organic poultry farming, poultry health, poultry disease, smallholders, precautionary principle, poultry welfare
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Health and welfare
Animal husbandry > Production systems > Poultry
Research affiliation: Denmark > AU - Aarhus University > Faculty of Science and Technology > Department of Animal Science
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Veterinary Parasitology
Deposited By: Vaarst, Dr. Mette
ID Code:36447
Deposited On:01 Nov 2019 08:30
Last Modified:02 Mar 2020 08:00
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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