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Annotation. The rapid growth of organic farming has been among the most remarkable changes in global agriculture in recent decades. However, more attention was initially aid to the crop side of organic systems, and animals are a lower priority in formal research and the development of organic farming. But now, that has changed. There is now greater recognition of the need to understand animal health and welfare better. The purpose of this book is to further the understanding of organic animal husbandry and to demonstrate practical solutions and innovative methods, drawing mainly on research and practical experience with organic farming in Europe.
With global revenue surpassing twenty-five billion dollars annually, organic agriculture is a highly visible and rapidly growing component of agricultural production. In Organic Agriculture: A Global Perspective, Paul Kristiansen, Acram Taji, and John Reganold, and their international group of contributors scientifically review key aspects of organic agriculture. At the intersection of research, education, and practice, the contributors look at the organic agricultural movement’s successes and limitations. The first half of this book critically evaluates the agricultural production of both plants and livestock in organic farming systems. All major aspects of organic agriculture are explored, including historical background and underlying principles, soil-fertility management, crop and animal production, breeding strategies, and crop protection. This global and comprehensive overview also addresses the economic, social, and political aspects of organic farming. These include economics and marketing; standards and certification; environmental impacts and social responsibility; and research, education, and extension. The book is a unique and timely science-based international work documenting current practices in organic agriculture and evaluating their strengths and weaknesses. For more than two decades, research into organic methods by mainstream scientists has generated a large body of information that can now be integrated and used for assessing the actual impacts of organic farming in a wide range of disciplines. The knowledge of selected international experts has been combined in one volume, providing a comprehensive review of organic farming globally. Researchers, teachers, extensionists, students, primary producers and others around the world who are interested in sustainable agriculture will find this book to be a valuable and reliable resource.
Ce document étudie les caractéristiques principales de l'intensification de la production animale par rapport au bien-être animal et à l'éthique animale. Il passe en revue un certain nombre des concepts éthiques classiques sur l'entretien des animaux afin d'expliquer de quelle manière l'intensification de la production animale est devenue un problème social et éthique aussi important. Il fait valoir qu'un certain nombre des allégations types émises par les critiques de l'élevage intensif manquent sérieusement de rigueur, et propose une autre interprétation pour rendre compte de quelques-uns des développements fondamentaux en matière d'intensification de la production animale. Enfin, il analyse la manière dont cette interprétation, si son bien-fondé est confirmé, peut se traduire par l'adoption d'un jeu de mesures différentes afin de remédier aux préoccupations en matière du bien-être des animaux dans le cadre des systèmes d'élevage intensif.
This collection addresses recent research on challenges facing organic animal farming such as more targeted breeding, improved grazing and feed rations, better methods of health and disease management as well as ways of enhancing animal welfare.

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