Archive for the ‘Livestock’ Category

  • Global Diet, Farming Methods ‘Must Change for Environment’s Sake

    Friday, June 23rd, 2017

    The research, from the University of Minnesota, also found that future increases in agricultural sustainability are likely to be driven by dietary shifts and increases in efficiency, rather than changes between food production systems.
    Researchers examined more than 740 production systems for more than 90 different types of food, to understand the links between diets, agricultural [...]

  • New tool opens world of climate finance to dairy sector

    Saturday, November 12th, 2016

    Rome – The dairy sector will soon be able to participate in international carbon credit markets thanks to a new methodology that lets farmers and project designers reliably document how they are reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions – a step that will open up new sources of finance for the livestock industry and help promote [...]

  • New Study Presents Strategies for Producing Food for Growing Population

    Thursday, May 26th, 2016

    A new study, “Realising Resilient Food Systems,” published in the journal Bioscience May 4, 2016 and led by Meagan Schipanski, assistant professor of soil and crop sciences at Colorado State University, presents a set of strategies to address these complex challenges of producing food for a growing global population, while reducing environmental impacts and increasing [...]

  • Could Cattle Be Fed on Waste Paper?

    Thursday, May 26th, 2016

    COLOMBIA – A new project at the University of Colombia is looking at feeding waste paper to ruminants, as part of an effort to ensure availability of animal feed in times of poor weather.
    100 tons of waste paper a day leaves a company, which the project team said could provide an alternative feed source for [...]

  • FAO calls for international action on antimicrobial resistance

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

    Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is an emerging public health threat requiring a globally coordinated effort to counter the risks it poses to food security, FAO Deputy Director-General Helena Semedo said Wednesday.
    Overuse and misuse of antibiotics and other antimicrobial agents foster increasing resistance among the very microbes that cause the infections and disease they were designed to [...]

  • New tool approved for use with EQIP planning

    Monday, February 1st, 2016

    The National Air Quality Site Assessment Tool (NAQSAT) was developed through the collaboration of more than 12 land grant universities and numerous industry partners. The NAQSAT was developed for livestock producers, their advisors, and conservation planners to identify opportunities for addressing air emissions from confinement-based livestock and poultry operations. It provides assistance to livestock and poultry [...]

  • Environmental laws pressurise Chinese pig industry

    Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

    The data were recently released by the Chinese Agriculture Department. Total amount of live pigs produced in professional pig slaughterhouses in June was 15,899,100 head.
    Shortage of live pigs
    The figures fit in a longer trend. Total pig numbers offered for slaughter have been low since January, which can be explained by a shortage of live pigs, causing pig prices [...]

  • How to Assess Environmental Impact of Meat Production

    Friday, June 12th, 2015

    To achieve the balance of food and livestock production and their environmental impact, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations has established a mechanism for assessing and establishing sustainable production practices. The Global Livestock Environmental Assessment Model, GLEAM, provides detailed data on animal numbers, production and emissions, a comprehensive life cycle assessment of [...]

  • Rivers Can be a Source of Antibiotic Resistance

    Monday, February 23rd, 2015

    Rivers and streams could be a major source of antibiotic resistance in the environment, according to new research from scientists at the University of Warwick’s School of Life Sciences and the University of Exeter Medical School, looking at the river Thames.
    The study found that greater numbers of resistant bacteria exist close to some waste water [...]