Asia / Bird flu / Disease Control / Livestock / Southeast Asia / Trade / Zoonotic Diseases

FAO studies cross-border trade of poultry commodities to improve risk management of avian influenza in the Greater Mekong Subregion

The Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) includes Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, Viet Nam and the southern provinces of China. In the GMS, the emergence of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in early 2003 and highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) from 2004 to 2010 has marked this region as a hotspot for emerging infectious diseases. Animal … Continue reading

Animal Products / Climate Change

Carnivorous climate skeptics in the media

Earlier this month, the food news cycle took a spin for the better for carnivores concerned with the environmental impact of their diet. Fox News and the Washington Times offered the brightest rays of hope, introducing stories with the headlines “Eat Less Meat, Reduce Global Warming—Or Not” and “Meat, dairy diet not tied to global … Continue reading

Australia / Climate Change / Livestock

Survey: cattle graziers’ climate change adaptability

“We will be asking how graziers in the Northern Territory and Queensland are currently coping with climate variability and their plans for the future,” said CSIRO Climate Adaptation Flagship researcher, Dr Nadine Marshall. “We aim to learn more about their circumstances, strengths and weaknesses and then observe how they deal with climate change impacts over … Continue reading

Climate Change / Livestock

Rural ozone can be fed by feed (as in silage)

The alcohol in silage can drive significant ozone formation, exceeding the contribution from tailpipe emissions. Livestock operations take a lot of flak for polluting. Manure lagoons not only irritate neighbors’ noses but also leak nitrogen — sometimes fostering dead zones up to 1,000 miles downstream. And ruminants can release copious amounts of methane, a greenhouse … Continue reading

Environment / ILRI / Insurance / Livelihoods / Livestock Systems / PLE

Insurance, grasslands: What could they have in common?

Insurance is about protection against loss — and so, in many ways, is conservation. The similarities between these two industries mean both could gain from a closer relationship. The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) recently announced the trial of an innovative insurance scheme for traditional herders in northern Kenya. But it has been almost impossible … Continue reading