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About this book
Meat and dairy production and consumption are in crisis. Globally 60 billion farm animals are used for food production every year. It is well accepted that methane emissions from cattle and other livestock are major contributors to greenhouse gas levels and to climate change. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) predicts a rough doubling of meat and milk consumption by 2050, with particularly rapid growth occurring in the developing economies of Asia. This could raise the number of farm animals used annually to nearer 120 billion.
This book explores the issues surrounding the global growth in the production and consumption of meat and dairy animals and products, including cultural and health factors, and the implications of the likely intensification of farming for both small-scale producers and for the animals. Several chapters explore the related environmental issues, from resource use of water, cereals and soya, to the impact of livestock production on global warming and issues concerning biodiversity, land use and the impacts of different farming systems on the environment.
Foreword Contributors Introduction Part I: The Impacts of Animal Farming on the Environment 1. How to Raise Livestock - and How Not To 2. The Water Footprint of Animal Products 3. Livestock and Climate Change 4. Industrial Livestock Production and Biodiversity 5. Does Organic Farming Offer a Solution? Part II: Farming Practices and Animal Welfare 6. Food from the Dairy - Husbandry Regained? 7. Cracking the Egg 8. Cheap as Chicken 9. Sustainable Pig Production: Finding Solutions and Making Choices Part III: The Implications of Meat Production for Human Health 10. Industrial Animal Agriculture's Role in the Emergence and Spread of Disease 11. Environmentally Sustainable and Equitable Meat Consumption in a Climate Change World 12. How Much Meat and Milk is Optimal for Health? Part VI: Ethical and Religious Approaches to Animal Foods 13. Developing Ethical, Sustainable and Compassionate Food Policies 14. Religion, Culture and Diet Part V: Devising Farming and Food Policies for a Sustainable Future 15. Policy Strategies for a Sustainable Food System: Options for Protecting the Climate 16. Meat and Policy: Charting a Course through the Complexity 17. Confronting Policy Dilemmas Index
Joyce D'Silva has worked for Compassion in World Farming since 1985, including fourteen years as Chief Executive. She lectures internationally and has published widely on farm animal welfare. John Webster is Professor Emeritus at the University of Bristol, UK. He was a founder member of the Farm Animal Welfare Council and is a former President of both the Nutrition Society and the British Society for Animal Science.
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'Climate chief Lord Stern: Give up meat and save the planet' The Times (headline), 27 October 2009