Farm animal welfare as a key element of sustainable food production
Animal welfare and sustainable food production
Keywords:Farm animal welfare, Sustainable food production, Environmental sustainability, Ethical consumption, Consumer demand, Pasture-based farming
This comprehensive review article explores the critical relationship between farm animal welfare and sustainable food production, addressing the growing awareness of the ethical, environmental, and economic implications of animal treatment in agriculture. Prioritizing farm animal welfare is not only a moral imperative but also a key element in achieving a truly sustainable and resilient food system. The study examines the challenges and opportunities associated with enhancing animal welfare practices and their profound impact on sustainability. It analyzes potential benefits and barriers for farmers, consumers, and society at large in adopting more ethical and humane food production practices. By addressing these issues, the article aims to foster a more sustainable food production system that promotes animal welfare, environmental conservation, and social responsibility. Emphasizing the importance of ethical treatment, the review discusses improved animal health and productivity, the environmental impact, consumer perspectives, and successful case studies that highlight the transformative potential of embracing farm animal welfare in shaping a compassionate, resilient, and sustainable food industry.
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