Livestock - Environment Interactions: Issues and Options
de Haan, C.
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The conclusions of this report are that improved management of the world's natural resources is essential if they are to continue to provide the basis for life support and human well-being. Only with improved management can the dual objectives of sustainable agricultural production be fulfilled - to feed the world's growing population while sustaining its natural resource base. Livestock production is the largest land user and is about to turn into the most important agricultural activity in terms of economic output. Left to uncontrolled growth, not only will the environment suffer but human welfare is also likely to be compromised. However, this is unlikely to happen. The opportunities not only to mitigate environmental damage but to tap the immense development potential that livestock offer are large: awareness, political will and readiness to act are growing among all those involved and ensure that the problems are no longer denied but effectively tackled.