Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics

2019 Edition
| Editors: David M. Kaplan

Sustainability and Animal Agriculture

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-1179-9_477



The sustainability of current global agricultural practices is an ethical issue that is attracting greater public awareness. There is increased societal concern regarding the crucial harmonic balance between feeding an ever-growing human population and minimizing environmental damage for the planet’s future inhabitants (Broom 2010). Sustainability refers to the long-term success of a system. In order to keep animal agriculture sustainable, changes must be implemented to allow animal production to continue in an efficient and environmentally conscious manner. Such strategies should assess the potential benefits and consequences for all stakeholders involved. These considerations will help to ensure the viability of animal agricultural systems in the years to come.

The overall sustainability of animal production reflects the collective viability of a variety of agricultural...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Welfare and Veterinary Ethics, Western University of Health SciencesPomonaUSA