The Role of Livestock Breed Diversity in Sustainable Diets

Photo: Irene Hoffmann, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

By Irene Hoffmann, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations When we were invited to contribute to the book “Diversifying Food and Diets: Using Agricultural Biodiversity to Improve Nutrition and Health”, my colleague Roswitha Baumung and I were faced with an interesting challenge. Agricultural biodiversity, including livestock breeds, is important for food and nutritional security as a safeguard against hunger. It provides a source of nutrients for improved dietary diversity and quality and strengthens local food systems and environmental sustainability. However, at the same time, there are heated discussions taking place about the environmental impact of livestock production and … Continue reading

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