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The case of bovine leukemia virus shows how scientists monitor health risks in our food supply and why it's critical to revisit scientific conclusions when new technologies become available.
Warmer temperatures are likely to cause heat stress in cattle raised on natural pastures and in feedlots.
Drought is a massive problem for southern Africa. The region requires adaptation and mitigation strategies if it's to cope with the changing climate.
Wildlife in the Athi-Kaputiei ecosystem with new development in the background.
Athi-Kaputiei is close to Nairobi where undeveloped land is exceedingly scarce and expensive. This has made it a powerful magnet for people.
People search for recyclable materials alongside animals at the Dandora Municipal Dumping Site in Nairobi.
Africa's cities are melting pots of activity and interaction. There are fears that the continent's next major modern disease crisis will emerge from them.
Livestock ultimately came to South Africa from the north in a migratory event.
There are many theories on how livestock made its way to South Africa. The answer is quite complex and not as simple as one would think.
Australians are becoming more aware of where their meat comes from, but it’s still and ethical minefield.
A new SBS doco will spark more questions about if and how we should eat meat.
Dingoes play an important role in our ecosystems.
Wild dog attacks on livestock are devastating, but bounties and culling aren't the answer.
The number of camels in Kenya has risen, as have other livestock populations.
Over the past four decade populations of almost all the common wildlife species have fallen to one third or less of their previous levels
Boran cattle are a popular a local breed in eastern Africa.
Using well-adapted African cattle to improve the gene pool is more sustainable than quick fix crossbreeding or cow donations
CITES has become the premier multilateral arrangement to tackle illegal wildlife trafficking.
The focus of CITES is not solely on the protection of species. It also promotes controlled trade that is not detrimental to the sustainability of wild species.
Could this be the livestock feedstock of the future?
The black soldier fly, Hermetia illucens, could help solve global food shortages by feeding livestock. It can even be used to make diesel fuel.
Love me, love my goat.
We assume that dogs are smarter than other domesticated animals, but science says otherwise.
Kangaroos are much lighter on the land than sheep and cows.
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Eating cows and sheep is unsustainable. Here are some better alternatives.
Beefy problem: livestock emit methane, but the soils where they graze can be much more climate-friendly than cropland.
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Eating meat means greenhouse emissions. But the emissions from growing crops may have been underestimated, meaning that a climate-friendly diet isn't as straightforward as simply going vegetarian.
Livestock ‘digestion’ produces nearly 3 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases each year.
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Eating less meat isn't the only solution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from livestock.
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French farms have seen a major outbreak of bluetongue virus, which can be fatal for sheep.
Australia’s rules are meant to stop livestock being sold in roadside markets, but breaches are still being reported.
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After the 2011 live export crisis, Australia brought in rules designed to keep animals in accredited abattoirs. But with breaches widespread, there is little evidence that the rules are being policed.
Worldwide, the livestock industry is a bigger source of greenhouse gases than transport.
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The recent Lancet Commission report rightly pointed out that climate change is a huge risk to global public health. But it shied away from one of the main issues: the world consumes far too much meat.
Money and welfare should be separated in all animal industries.
Now that Victoria and Queensland have reported on their inquiries into the greyhound racing industry, it is timely to consider the findings of the reports and their implications for the animal industries of Australia.
Modern cattle in Kenya.
Steven Goldstein, Washington University St. Louis
New research upends the previous theory that tsetse flies – and the disease they carry – were the main reason the spread of livestock domestication in Africa stalled out for a thousand years.