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25 November 2009

Beyond Factory Farming: Sustainable Solutions for Animals, People and the Planet

This report outlines the challenges facing the world in producing enough food to feed the world in 2050 and presents the environmental, human health and animal welfare related evidence of why we need to end factory farming and move towards humane and sustainable farming systems. By 2050, the world’s human population is predicted to increase from 6.7 billion to around nine billion people, creating a huge challenge for the world in feeding the growing world population. Sixty billion farm animals are produced worldwide every year, the majority in industrial-scale farms. At the same time, the livestock population is set to double in the wake of growing demand for meat and dairy products, particularly from developing countries such as China and India. The global livestock industry already contributes 18 per cent of human-produced greenhouse gas emissions – more than the entire contribution of human transport. As the effects of global warming take hold, the sea is likely to rise and land will disappear, creating an even greater challenge for feeding the world. Livestock farming is a major user of natural resources. It takes up 30 per cent of the world’s useable land area and consumes a third of the global grain harvest. Vast numbers of animals are now raised permanently indoors and are reliant on food grown elsewhere. Consequently, massive areas of land are given over to growing crops to feed them. The report presents solutions for a humane and sustainable farming system and provides policy recommendations for achieving this change.
Author/Organization: Compassion in World Farming (CIWF)
Year: 2009
Where: United Kingdom
Topics: animal production, animal stress/discomfort/distress, animal welfare/general concepts, aquaculture, biodiversity, broilers, calves, confinement systems, dairy production, disease control, education, eggs production, environment, ethics, farmed fish, farming, feeding, food safety, food security, human health, husbandry procedures, laying hens, livestock, meat production, organic farming/production, pain/injury/harm, pigs, poultry production, productivity, sheep, social aspects, socio-economical aspects, welfare on the farm