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The role of Livestock in Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems

Müller, Adrian (2015) The role of Livestock in Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. In: Feeding the People: Agroecology for Nourishing the World and Transforming the Agri-Food System. IFOAM EU Group, Brussels, Belgium, chapter 6, pp. 30-33.

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Livestock play an important part in food systems. They are a source of high quality protein and other nutrients, such as vitamins and minerals; and raising livestock is a way of utilizing otherwise unusable areas and resources for food production – namely grasslands, by-products of food production, and organic waste. Livestock also play a significant role in on-farm and regional nutrient cycles, and they provide people with incomes, assets and livelihoods. However, over the last 50 years we have seen a more than fourfold increase in global meat and egg production, and milk production has more than doubled.
At the same time, there was just a twofold growth in the global human population (FAOSTAT, 2015).

EPrint Type:Report chapter
Keywords:Department of Socio-Economic Sciences, Policy, Food security
Subjects: Food systems > Community development
Food systems > Food security, food quality and human health
Animal husbandry
Food systems > Policy environments and social economy
Research affiliation: Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Society > Agri-food policy
International Organizations > International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements IFOAM > IFOAM EU Group
Deposited By: Muller, Adrian
ID Code:30166
Deposited On:27 May 2016 09:26
Last Modified:16 Feb 2022 15:00
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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