FAO: agriculture should be more intensive

09-03-2007 | |

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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