Agriculture & Livestock


Agroecology in Action
University of California-Berkeley’s Miguel Altieri, an associate professor of insect biology in the College of Natural Resources, has a world-wide reputation for his alternative solution: “agroecology,” or sustainable agriculture, which respects the knowledge of indigenous peoples, protects the environment, and promotes social equity.

Convention on Biological Diversity
Most countries which have submitted their first national reports to the Conference of the Parties include references to agricultural biological diversity. Of the 111 national reports submitted, 58 provide significant coverage of agriculture and/or agricultural biodiversity. Coverage is very variable; different countries focus on different matters ranging from general descriptions of agriculture in the country, to specific information about particular topics.

Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)
Sustainable agriculture practices can protect the environment and produce high-quality, safe, and affordable food. UCS’s goal is to promote such practices while eliminating harmful “factory farming” methods and strengthening government oversight of genetically engineered food.

United Nation Environment Program
This web site – Sustainable Agri-Food Production and Consumption Forum – is designed to help users access information on key issues related to agri-food production and consumption, such as: agrobiodiversity, water, energy, climate change, chemicals, desertification, consumption, trade, poverty, etc.

US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
The EPA has issued a factsheet on Managing Non-Source Pollution from Agriculture. The most recent National Water Quality Inventory reports that agricultural nonpoint source pollution is the leading source of water quality impacts to surveyed rivers and lakes, the third largest source of impairments to surveyed estuaries, and also a major contributor to ground water contamination and wetlands degradation.


Agricultural Development in the Age of Sustainability: Livestock Production
How can the African continent, particularly the Sub-Saharan region, increase its livestock product production to meet the ever-increasing demands of its people now and in the future, using all available natural resources, with no or minimum environmental degradation? Above all, how may the environment be preserved or sustained for future economic development when major environmental constraints such as drought and erosion could retard future progress in development?

Back to Basics
Back-to-Basics is an educational program aimed to teach growers and those who influence their fertilizer management decisions about the critical importance of proper soil fertility. The message emphasizes minimizing decisions that result in short-term cost savings, but long-term cost increases.

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
The FAO recently collaborated in a global study to identify ways of helping the livestock sector satisfy future demands while preserving the natural resource base. Ignorance, indifference and policies that misguide resource use are responsible for environmental degradation.

International Vegetarian Union (IVU)
The IVU addresses Animal Farming and the Environment: Large numbers of farm animals, requiring huge quantities of feed (grown on vast areas of land using massive inputs of water, energy, fertilizers and pesticides), produce enormous amounts of waste, causing serious pollution and environmental degradation.

Livestock’s Long Shadow: Environmental Issues and Options
This report aims to assess the full impact of the livestock sector on environmental problems, along with potential technical and policy approaches to mitigation. The assessment is based on the most recent and complete data available, taking into account direct impacts, along with the impacts of feed crop agriculture required for livestock production.

US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
The EPA published a Summary of Operations, Impacts and Pollution Prevention Opportunities for the Agricultural Livestock Production Industry.

World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
The WWF addresses the Environmental Impacts of Livestock Production where globally, the largest environmental impact of livestock in general is the use of land for pasture. More pasture is used for cattle than all other domesticated animals and agricultural crops combined.

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