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The World Society for the Protection of Animals and Compassion in World Farming has joined with a new research study. It shows that feeding livestock with cereal and other crop-rich diets is likely to have negative effects on food security globally; particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa, and parts of Asia and Latin America, where food security is already problematic.
The new independent report, written by a team led by Prof. Karlheinz Erb at the Institute of Social Ecology, Alpen-Adria University in Vienna, challenges current thought saying that intensification is the only way to feed the world. It goes on to show that it is possible to rear livestock with good animal welfare standards and feed the world a healthy diet.
This is an important conclusion given that livestock production dominates resource use and is further projected to grow:
Due to this WSPA and Compassion in World Farming are urging governments, intergovernmental organisations, the donor community and the food industry to take action on the direction of livestock production from the following areas:
Read the briefing Food Security and Farm Animal Welfare and the full report commissioned by Compassion in World Farming and funded by Compassion in World Farming, The Tubney Charitable Trust and WSPA Impact of Industrial Grain Fed Livestock Production on Food Security.
See how communities around the world are investing in food security and improved farm animal welfare Enhancing Rural Livelihoods in India, Small Scale Milk Production in Kenya, Innovative pig farming in Colombia and how animal welfare in Brazil is improving cattle productivity.