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The authors point out that there are many opportunities for livestock to be part of a sustainable, broad-based and environmentally friendly agricultural sector. They explain that because of the multiple roles livestock play in developing and emerging economies, there are various opportunities to harness the diversity of the developing world’s livestock production systems to meet rising demand, improve incomes and livelihoods, and alleviate threats to human and environmental health.

For emerging and developing nations, where farms of less than 20 hectares supply most of the livestock-derived foods as well as the cereals consumed in these countries, four main options are available for increasing production according to the authors: Intensification of existing systems; development of western-style, industrial farms; importation of more livestock-derived foods; and possibly in the longer-term future, use of alternate forms of protein, such as lab-based meat.


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