Livestock: On our plates or eating at our table? A new analysis of the feed/food debate

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URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gfs.2017.01.001

Journal: Global Food Security

Publication Date: 09/2017

Summary: An analysis of livestock food intake and meat production. 86% of livestock feed is inedible for humans. 2.8 kg of human edible food is required to produce 1 kg of boneless meat in ruminants and 3.2 kg is required in monogastrics.

Key Takeaways

Most of the feed given to animals is not edible for humans, thus this food would be wasted if not fed to livestock. About 3 kg of food that is edible by humans can produce 1 kg of meat.

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