Sustainable livestock contributes to fighting climate change and reducing food insecurity

By Julia Nishio and Daniel Vidal Pérez |

The increase in extreme weather events associated with the COVID-19 pandemic was responsible, in 2020, for the addition of 130 million people to the already 690 million that were  suffering from hunger and malnutrition in the world in 2019. Speeches associated to livestock being responsible for climate change is becoming more and more frequent. Nonetheless, livestock remains a vital source of food security in low-income nations, transforming low quality feed of pastures, that humans do not eat, into high-quality proteins, such as meat and dairy. In this way, livestock contributes to reducing food insecurity. Therefore, the practice of sustainable livestock associated with agriculture should be encouraged.

Impacts on defense and security: Chronic malnutrition contributes to growth retardation and decreases the cognitive health of millions of children. Apart from high health spending, food insecurity is also a trigger for the emergence of various types of Inter-State and Intra-States conflicts.

Source: DW News. How to feed the world amid COVID and climate crises. 1/21/2021. Available at:

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