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Farming, Food and Nature
Respecting Animals, People and the Environment

ISBN 9781138541443
Published October 23, 2018 by Routledge
302 Pages 31 B/W Illustrations

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Livestock production and its use of finite resources is devastating biodiversity and pushing wildlife to the brink of extinction. This powerful book examines the massive global impact caused by intensive livestock production and then explores solutions, ranging from moving to agroecological farming to reducing consumption of animal products, including examples of best practice and innovation, both on land and within the investment and food industries.

Leading international contributors spell out the problems in terms of planetary limits, climate change, resources, the massive use of cereals and soy for animal feed, and the direct impact of industrial farming on the welfare of farmed animals. They call for an urgent move to a flourishing food system for the sake of animals, the planet and us. Some offer examples of global good practice in farming or the power of the investment community to drive change, and others highlight food business innovation and exciting developments in protein diversification. Providing a highly accessible overview of key issues, this book creates a timely resource for all concerned about the environmental, social and ethical issues facing food, farming and nature. It will be an invaluable resource and provide inspiration for students, professionals, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and the general reader.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction  Part I Setting the Planetary Scene  2. Livestock and the Boundaries of our Planet  Part II The Impacts of Livestock Production on the Natural World  3. The great disappearing act  4. Biodiversity, Extinction and Livestock Production 5. Bees versus Robots  6. Conservation and the sacred cow  7. Protecting the Cerrado and Sustainable diets: complementary pathways towards a more conscious appetite  8. The growing demand for fish: impacts on the environment, animal welfare and food security  Part III The Impact of Livestock Production on People  9. Livestock Production and Human Rights or How the Chicken Came Home to Roost  10. The role of livestock in developing countries  Part IV The significance of sentience in wild and farmed animals  11. Beyond Words: What Animals Think & Feel  12. Creatures of the Factory Farm  13. The scientific basis for action on animal welfare and other aspects of sustainability  14. Green and pleasant farming: cattle, sheep and habitat  Part V Solutions for people, planet and animals  15. Agroecology working in Africa: The Case of Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania (SAT)  16. Balancing the needs of food production, farming and nature in the UK uplands  17. Chikolongo – a win for people and parks  18. Silvopastoral systems: A feasible step towards environmentally sustainable livestock systems in Mexico  19. Farming in harmony with nature  Part VI Food policy for the future  20. Paying for the true costs of our meat, eggs and dairy  21. Changing the world, one meal at a time  22. The Sustainable Development Goals: challenge or opportunity?  23. Rethinking our global food systems  24. Sustainability in the agro-food sector  25. Farming insects for food or feed  26. Hopeful signposts to a plant-based future  Part VII Health and sustainable diets  27. Healthy and Sustainable Dietary Patterns for Prevention of Chronic Diseases and Premature Death  28. The threat to Public Health from Livestock Production  29. Food, feed and sustainable diets  30. Conserving biodiversity through sustainable diets  31. The case for veganism  Part VIII Investing in a Flourishing Food System  32. Corporate engagement strategies to improve farm animal welfare and why they work  33. The Power of Investor Influence  34. The Role of Business in Reducing Meat and Dairy Consumption  35. Plant-Based & Clean Meat Will Save The World  35. Conclusion

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Joyce D’Silva is Ambassador Emeritus for Compassion in World Farming, the leading charity advancing the welfare of farm animals worldwide. She is co-editor of The Meat Crisis (second edition 2017).

Carol McKenna is Special Advisor to the Chief Executive of Compassion in World Farming and organised the Extinction and Livestock Conference on which this book is based.


"A wide range of experts and policy makers explore innovative ideas and solutions for the future of the planet, with a focus on our health and food systems. I strongly recommend reading this book to anyone interested in a sustainable diet and a healthy environment, as well as animal welfare." Hilal Elver, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food

"The weight of evidence for changing the food system is now overwhelming, yet resistance to change is stubborn. We are all part of that. No one likes to think they aren’t in control of what they eat. How can we unlock this mismatch? This book is an important collection of arguments why we must and what needs to happen." Tim Lang, Centre for Food Policy, City, University of London, UK