Knowledge for better food systems

Exploring policy options for more sustainable livestock and feed production

A report written by the IEEP (Institute for European Environmental Policy) for Friends of the Earth explores the relationship between livestock and their consumption of unsustainably produced feed, principally soya imports from South America where recent expansion of production has been implicated in significant deforestation.
A report written by the IEEP (Institute for European Environmental Policy) for Friends of the Earth explores the relationship between livestock and their consumption of unsustainably produced feed, principally soya imports from South America where recent expansion of production has been implicated in significant deforestation. The report focuses on establishing the influence of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) on the intensity of livestock and feed production in the UK, with reference to the dairy, sheep, beef, pigs and poultry sectors. It explores the interaction of different types of livestock production, their consumption of feed, particularly where this involves imports of feed such as soya, and the environmental impacts of such production systems, both locally and globally. It then considers possible policy options for promoting more sustainable forms of livestock production in the UK, but also, in principle, elsewhere in order to reduce the overall environmental impact of the livestock sector globally. The structure of the report is as follows:
  • Chapter 1 explores the main production systems and trends relating to the livestock and feed sector in the UK.
  • Chapters 2-3 - explore the impact of the CAP on the livestock sector in the UK.
  • Chapter 4 - considers policy (and other) changes that would be needed to improve the sustainability of the livestock sector.
 

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