Where does animal farming fit in tomorrow's world?
A new think piece on the future of livestock production has been published by the Food Climate Research Network. The report "Gut feelings and possible tomorrows: (where) does animal faming fit?" examines a range of different livestock futures in an attempt to understand the possible scenarios in which livestock rearing could have a lesser impact on the environment.
Many people agree that food production and animal rearing contributes to environmental problems, but there is less unanimity as to the causes of these problems; where to direct blame; and the possible solutions needed to protect the environment.
The lack of consensus about the cause of the problem makes it difficult to shape possible solutions. In the report, ECI’s Tara Garnett takes a closer look at the stakeholders in the debate around livestock and the solutions they propose, in order to create four scenarios around different livestock ‘solutions’. The report makes the case for more self-critical exploratory research, policy and advocacy work in this area in order to get a better understanding of the ‘possible tomorrows’.
"Many people agree that food production and animal rearing contributes to environmental problems, but there is less unanimity as to the causes of these problem"