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.
"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
Joyce D’Silva and Carol McKenna
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
Jean François Timmers
8. The growing demand for fish: impacts on the environment, animal welfare and food security.
Krzysztof Wotjas and Natasha Boyland
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
Donald M. Broom
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
Chris Clark & Pat Thompson
17. Chikolongo – a win for people and parks
Joseph Okori and Peter Borchert
18. Silvopastoral systems: A feasible step towards environmentally sustainable livestock systems in Mexico
Karen F Mancera
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?
Hans R Herren
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
Elena Hemler and Frank B. Hu
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
Andrew Knight and Jasmijn de Boo
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
Michael Pellman Rowland
35. Plant-Based & Clean Meat Will Save The World
Joyce D’Silva and Carol McKenna