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Sustainable Animal Production and Food Supply to 2020

C. Delgado,
International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, D.C. (USA)
J. Hamann,
Department of Hygiene and Technology of Milk,
School of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, (FRG)
August 9-10, 2000
School of Vetenary Medicine Hannover

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Final Statement

  • Following the "Green Revolution" the world's developing countries in particular are experiencing a "Revolution in Animal Production". Growing megacities and favorable economic conditions worldwide in combination with improved supplies of plant products will lead to a constantly increasing demand for food of animal origin.
  • Developments in biotechnology have a great potential for increasing production, but care must be taken to insure that these will benefit not only large producers but also rural production structures.
  • Animal production is responsible directly or indirectly for nearly half of the agricultural land area in use worldwide. In many parts of the world, regional concentration and intensification of animal production have resulted in damage to the environment and to health which has often not been taken into account.
  • This increase in food of animal origin could significantly improve the diets of ca. two billion people lacking sufficient essential nutrients such as iron, iodine, zinc, vitamin A and others with the intake of small amounts of meat (50 g/day) or milk (200g/day).
  • There is reason to fear that the world's poorest (ca. 1.3 billion) people will not profit from these developments, particularly those in rural areas.
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