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Using food waste as pig feed

Farm animals consume over a third of global crops but only deliver 12% of the world population’s calories. This is not just an inefficient use of crops but can also carry huge environmental costs when land is cleared and forests are cut down to make way for livestock feed crop production. For example, a whopping 88 % of soybeans in the UK are imported from Brazil, with virtually all of soybean meal eaten by livestock (97% globally). Possibly even more worrying is that fish that is perfectly good to be eaten by people in West Africa is taken out of local markets that cannot compete with the prices Western feed producers pay for the local catch.