Livestock in a Changing Landscape, Volume 1: Drivers, Consequences, and Responses

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Overview

The rapidly changing nature of animal production systems, especially increasing intensification and globalization, is playing out in complex ways around the world. Over the last century, livestock keeping evolved from a means of harnessing marginal resources to produce items for local consumption to a key component of global food chains. Livestock in a Changing Landscape offers a comprehensive examination of these important and far-reaching trends.

 

The books are an outgrowth of a collaborative effort involving international nongovernmental organizations including the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UN FAO), the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), the Swiss College of Agriculture (SHL), the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD), and the Scientific Committee for Problems of the Environment (SCOPE).

 

Volume 1 examines the forces shaping change in livestock production and management; the resulting impacts on landscapes, land use, and social systems; and potential policy and management responses.

 

Volume 2 explores needs and draws experience from region-specific contexts and detailed case studies. The case studies describe how drivers and consequences of change play out in specific geographical areas, and how public and private responses are shaped and implemented.

 

Together, the volumes present new, sustainable approaches to the challenges created by fundamental shifts in livestock management and production, and represent an essential resource for policy makers, industry managers, and academics involved with this issue.

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Editorial Reviews

Cahiers Agricultures

"The rapidly changing nature of animal production systems, especially increasing intensification and globalization, is playing out in complex ways around the world. Over the last century, livestock keeping evolved from a means of harnessing marginal resources to produce items for local consumption to a key component of global food crisis. Livestock in a Changing Landscape offers a comprehensive examination of these important and far-reaching trends. [...] Volume 1 examines the forces shaping change in livestock produciton and management; the resulting impacts on landscapes, land use, and social systems; and potential policy and management responses."
African Journal of Range and Forage Science

"This book is a must for all interested in global livestock production trends and especially for policymakers."
CHOICE

"This volume provides an in-depth examination of the present and future challenges of worldwide intensive and extensive livestock production...This work offers insight into the present and future challenges of global livestock production for meeting human nutrition needs and minimizing its impact on biodiversity and the environment. The second volume of this set focuses on specific geographic areas and case studies."
The North Platte Telegraph - Robert Pore

"...the future continues to look bright for [Nebraska]'s livestock industry because global meat production is expected to double its present level by 2050. However, that growth is not without its challenges. According to a new report, Livestock in a Changing Landscape, the growing worldwide demand for meat is likely to have a significant impact on human health, the environment and the global economy in the next 50 years. 'The livestock industry is massive and growing,' said Harold A. Mooney, co-editor of the two-volume report, published by Island Press. [...] Mooney said the report is the first time that 'we've looked at the social, economic, health and environmental impacts of livestock in an integrated way and presented solutions for reducing the detrimental effects of the industry and enhancing its positive attributes.'"
African Journal of Range and Forage Science - Wolfgang Bayer

"This book is a must for all interested in global livestock production trends and especially for policymakers."
CHOICE - G. E. Aiken

"This volume provides an in-depth examination of the present and future challenges of worldwide intensive and extensive livestock production. Chapter contributors represent numerous academic institutions and nongovernmental organizations throughout the world, including the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization and the International Livestock Research Institute. The book is divided into three parts, focusing on drivers of structural change and geographical transition in global meat consumption and production; the impact of livestock production on the environment, ecology, and biodiversity; and industry responses to social, environmental, and human nutrition issues. Reliable demographics and statistics support the discussions of the "drivers, consequences, and responses" of ongoing changes in international livestock production. This work offers insight into the present and future challenges of global livestock production for meeting human nutrition needs and minimizing its impact on biodiversity and the environment. The second volume of this set focuses on specific geographic areas and case studies. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels of academic and professional readers, especially policy makers."
North Platte Telegraph

"...the future continues to look bright for [Nebraska]'s livestock industry because global meat production is expected to double its present level by 2050. However, that growth is not without its challenges. According to a new report, Livestock in a Changing Landscape, the growing worldwide demand for meat is likely to have a significant impact on human health, the environment and the global economy in the next 50 years. 'The livestock industry is massive and growing,' said Harold A. Mooney, co-editor of the two-volume report, published by Island Press. [...] Mooney said the report is the first time that 'we've looked at the social, economic, health and environmental impacts of livestock in an integrated way and presented solutions for reducing the detrimental effects of the industry and enhancing its positive attributes.'"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597266710
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 12/15/2009
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Henning Steinfeld, chief, Livestock Information, Sector Analysis and Policy Branch, FAO.
 
Harold A. Mooney, professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Stanford University.
 
Fritz Schneider, vice director, Swiss College of Agriculture, Bern University of Applied Sciences.
 
Laurie E. Neville, program coordinator, Department of Biological Sciences, Stanford University.
 
Pierre Gerber, livestock policy officer, Livestock Information, Sector Analysis and Policy Branch, FAO.
 
Jeroen Dijkman, livestock development officer, Pro-Poor Livestock Policy Initiative, Sector Analysis and Policy Branch, FAO.
 
Shirley Tarawali, director, People, Livestock, and the Environment Theme,
ILRI.
 
Cees de Haan, retired livestock development advisor; currently a consultant at World Bank.

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Table of Contents


Preface
Executive Summary
Introduction
 
PART I. Drivers of Change
Chapter 1. Driver of Change in Global Agriculture and Livestock Systems
Chapter 2. Trends in Consumption, Production and Trade in Livestock and Livestock
Chapter 3. Structural Change in Livestock Sector
Chapter 4. Livestock in Geographical Transition
 
PART II. Consequences of Livestock Sector
Chapter 5. Livestock and the Global Carbon Cycle
Chapter 6. The Impact of Animal Production Systems on the Nitrogen Cycle
Chapter 7. Water-Mediated Ecological Consequences of Intensification and Expansion of Livestock Production
Chapter 8. Global Impacts on Biodiversity
Chapter 9. Impacts of Intensive Livestock Production and Manure Management on the Environment
Chapter 10. Impacts of Extensive Livestock Systems on Terrestrial Ecosystems
Chapter 11. Human Health Hazards Associated with Livestock Production
Chapter 12. The Livestock Revolution and Animal Source Food Consumption: Benefits, Risk and Challenges in Urban and Rural Setting of Developing Countries
Chapter 13. Social Consequences for Mixed Crop-Livestock Production Systems in Developing Countries
Chapter 14. Socioeconomic Implications of the Livestock Industrialization Process: How Will Smallholders Fare?
Chapter 15. Extensive Livestock Production in Transition: The Future of Sustainable Pastoralism
 
PART III. Responses
Chapter 16. Responses on Environmental Issues
Chapter 17. Responses on Human Nutrition Issues
Chapter 18. Responses on Emerging Livestock Diseases
Chapter 19. Responses on Social Issues
Chapter 20. Livestock in Changing Landscape: Conclusions and Lessons Learned
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