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Livestock production: climate and sustainability impacts
1  Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute, Curtin University, GPO Box U1987, Perth, WA 6845, Australia


Despite abundant evidence about livestock production’s large contribution to climate change and serious negative impacts on sustainability, it only recently has started to come under scrutiny. Greenhouse gas emissions, deforestation, biodiversity loss, inefficient use of natural resources and application of antibiotics are some of the aspects associated with the current and increasing trends in the supply of livestock food products. With sustainability being an anthropocentric concept, there seems to be little concern about animal exploitation and limited discussion about the role of livestock in improving human quality of life. The presentation provides an overview of the climate and sustainability impacts of livestock production and argues that an increase in the adoption of plant-based options is a win-win situation for all species on this planet

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