News last update:6 Aug 2012

FAO: agriculture should be more intensive

To minimise the effects that animal production has on the environment, intensive livestock farming should be even more intensive, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

This remarkable conclusion was drawn in the recent publication report by FAO named "Livestocks long shadow". FAO based this conclusion on the expected growth in the global meat production between now and 2050. At the moment, livestock industries use 30% of global land acreage. In 2050, this will be 70%.

More meat consumption

If the meat consumption doubles, the production per hectare should be increased or the acreage should be increased, which means less trees being cut down. However, if the production of animal feed or food can be increases on the same amount of land, other parts can be saved, according to the report.

The FAO also pleats for less meat consumption, because the global meat production contributes to 18% of the greenhouse emissions, which is more than traffic and transportation cause. To prevent further damage to the environment, the emissions per kilogram meat or litre milk should be reduced with 50%, says the FAO.

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