This discussion paper from UN Nutrition examines the role that livestock can play in contributing to nutrition, particularly for young children and in low-income settings, and the impacts of livestock on the environment. It aims to go beyond blanket messages about livestock-derived food and instead provide a nuanced overview of how the role of livestock in sustainable healthy diets depends on local context and specific production methods. It concludes that some groups of people - such as those already eating high levels of livestock-derived foods - could improve both health and environmental impacts by reducing their consumption.
Read the full report, Livestock-derived foods and sustainable healthy diets, here (PDF link). A recording of the launch event for the report can be found here. See also the TABLE explainer Focus: the difficult livestock issue.
08 Jul 2021
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