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Towards socially desirable livestock farming systems in 2040

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Paper number  014035,  2001 ASAE Annual Meeting. (doi: 10.13031/2013.4271) @2001
Authors:   Peter W.G. Groot Koerkamp, Carolien C. Ketelaar-de Lauwere, Joke Luttik, Hans Langeveld, Karel de Greef, Gé Backus, Sierk Spoelstra
Keywords:   Livestock farming, sustainability, sustainable technology development, future scenarios, desirable future, innovation goals

Public concern about present livestock farming is increasing in Europe. Therefore, it is important to change present livestock farming systems, which are only socially tolerated into socially desirable livestock farming systems. The Dutch research programme new livestock farming systems aims to develop socially desired livestock farming systems by using the STD-method (Sustainable Technology Development). Two main questions about future livestock farming raised: (1) should animal husbandry be based on co-operation between man and animal (eliciting) or is it allowed for men to use animals for their own needs (controlling)? and (2) should the main function of agriculture be animal production or should it serve other functions as well? Combining these main questions resulted in 4 views of future livestock farming. The next step in the STD-process is to identify by means of backcasting which developments should be started now so as to achieve the above mentioned socially desirable livestock farming systems by the year 2040. Therefore, six long term innovations have been defined. The main topics of these innovation goals are social acceptance, environmental protection and economic feasibility

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