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The environmental impacts of intensive and extensive systems

This piece, part of the Oxford Livestock, Environment and People (LEAP) programme’s Controversies series, explores the arguments and evidence around the environmental impacts of intensive feedlot systems versus extensive grazing systems.

Read the full piece here. See also the Foodsource building block What is sustainable intensification? and the 2010 FCRN report Intensive versus extensive livestock systems and greenhouse gas emissions.

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