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Discussion topics – debating the latest issues

Farming systems and food production are often hotly debated in the press, media and society at large. LEAF in consultation with industry stakeholders has produced a series of information sheets on some of the current hot topics.

Cli­mate Change Adap­ta­tion and Mitigation

Agri­cul­ture both con­tributes to and is affect­ed by cli­mate change. In 2012, Green­house Gas (GHG) emis­sions account­ing for a total of 471 mil­lion tons of CO2 equiv­a­lent were cit­ed as result­ing from agri­cul­tur­al sources in 28 EU mem­ber states1 . The agri­cul­tur­al indus­try pro­duces methane from live­stock diges­tion process­es and stored ani­mal manure, nitrous oxide from organ­ic and min­er­al N fer­tilis­ers and increas­es CO2 emis­sions through defor­esta­tion. Read more.

Antibi­ot­ic use in Agriculture

Antibi­otics are essen­tial in com­bat­ting many infec­tious dis­eases in both humans and ani­mals, but the threat of antimi­cro­bial resis­tance, which is known to occur in both human and vet­eri­nary med­i­cine, is an impor­tant issue in our generation. 

36% of antibi­otics sold in the UK in 2017 were for use in ani­mals, of which 72% was for food­pro­duc­ing ani­mals. Read more.

Meat Eat­ing and Veganism

Diet, human health and envi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­i­ty are inex­tri­ca­bly linked. Over the past 50 years, glob­al dietary pat­terns and food pro­duc­tion have changed con­sid­er­ably. Dietary trends and an inter­est in healthy, afford­able, sus­tain­ably pro­duced food have steadi­ly increased in pub­lic and polit­i­cal agen­das. Achiev­ing health­i­er diets from sus­tain­able food sys­tems, whilst feed­ing a grow­ing pop­u­la­tion is a huge chal­lenge. It will require changes in con­sumer dietary pat­terns and food pro­duc­tion prac­tices and is impor­tant in achiev­ing the Unit­ed Nations (UN) Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment Goals. Read more.

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