Animal welfare: key to delivering food security
In the post-2015 landscape universal food security and zero hunger can be achieved. To do this we must both better govern the balance between plant-based and animal-based foods and distribute food more equitably between and within countries. In addition, the drive for more efficient food
production must include recognition that animals are more than a simple commodity, and that high welfare standards in farming enhance overall productivity without the negative side effects delivered by low-welfare intensive livestock production systems.
To achieve this, the United Nations and its Member States must:
• include farm animal welfare in agriculture and food security assessments and policies
• recognise that the industrialisation of livestock farming is a major challenge to food security
• reduce the quantity of arable crops fed to livestock, especially cereals, and seek a sustainable balance between animal andcrop production
• promote sustainable diets and address food losses and wastein the supply chain
• protect food security in times of crisis by including animals in emergency response and recovery planning and policies at a national, regional and operational level
• consider how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), their targets and indicators can support specific and regionally-sensitive measures to ensure that global food production and consumption is sustainable and incorporates respect for animal welfare principles
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