This briefing paper explores some of the arguments surrounding the relationship between what we feed and how we rear farm animals, and the availability and accessibility of food for human consumption. Does livestock production foster or hinder food security? In what ways are the contributions of intensive and extensive systems to food security different? For a more recent discussion of livestock feed-related issues see the FCRN publication Lean, green, mean, obscene…? What is efficiency and is it sustainable?
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