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dc.contributor.authorzu Ermgassen, Erasmus
dc.contributor.authorPhalan, Benjamin
dc.contributor.authorGreen, Rhys
dc.contributor.authorBalmford, Andrew
dc.date.accessioned2015-11-16T13:15:07Z
dc.date.available2015-11-16T13:15:07Z
dc.date.issued2016-01
dc.identifier.citationFood Policy 2016, 58: 35–48. doi:10.1016/j.foodpol.2015.11.001
dc.identifier.issn0306-9192
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/252613
dc.description.abstractLivestock production occupies approximately 75% of agricultural land, consumes 35% of the world's grain, and produces 14.5% of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. With demand for meat and dairy products forecast to increase 60% by 2050, there is a pressing need to reduce the footprint of livestock farming. Food wastes have a long history as a source of environmentally benign animal feed, but their inclusion in feed is currently banned in the EU because of disease control concerns. A number of East Asian states have in the last 20 years, however, introduced regulated, centralised systems for safely recycling food wastes into animal feed. This study quantifies the land use savings that could be realised by changing EU legislation to promote the use of food wastes as animal feed and reviews the policy, public, and industry barriers to the use of food waste as feed. Our results suggest that the application of existing technologies could reduce the land use of EU pork (20% of world production) by one fifth, potentially saving 1.8 million hectares of agricultural land. While swill presents a low-cost, low-impact animal feed, widespread adoption would require efforts to address consumer and farmer concerns over food safety and disease control.
dc.description.sponsorshipE.K.H.J.zE is funded by BBSRC grant BB/J014540/1.
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherElsevier BV
dc.rightsCreative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.subjectLivestock
dc.subjectsustainable animal diets
dc.subjectfeed
dc.subjectfood waste
dc.subjectfood security
dc.subjectland use
dc.titleReducing the land use of EU pork production: where there's swill, there's a way.
dc.typeArticle
dc.description.versionThis is the final version of the article. It was first available from Elsevier via http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.foodpol.2015.11.001
prism.endingPage48
prism.publicationDate2015
prism.publicationNameFood Policy
prism.startingPage35
prism.volume58
dc.rioxxterms.funderBBSRC
dc.rioxxterms.projectidBB/J014540/1
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1016/j.foodpol.2015.11.001
rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttp://www.rioxx.net/licenses/all-rights-reserved
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2015-12-09
dc.contributor.orcidzu Ermgassen, Erasmus [0000-0002-9168-6057]
dc.contributor.orcidPhalan, Benjamin [0000-0001-7876-7226]
dc.contributor.orcidGreen, Rhys [0000-0001-8690-8914]
dc.contributor.orcidBalmford, Andrew [0000-0002-0144-3589]
dc.identifier.eissn1873-5657
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Review
pubs.funder-project-idBiotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BB/J014540/1)


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