Responsible growth in food production

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Responsible growth in food production

With a global increase in prosperity, the demand for milk and meat is expected double between now and 2050. More milk cows will mean more animal feed, more manure and an increase in the emissions of greenhouse gasses. Scientists at Wageningen UR are working on methods to limit the impact of global growth on the environment, for example by breeding cows that live longer and remain productive over a longer period of time.

Extending  the life and productivity of cows will mean a reduction in the number of cows needed for milk production,  thus achieving environmental gain that does not adversely affect the income of dairy farmers.  â€˜Responsible growth ‘ is the theme of the opening of the academic year at Wageningen UR. The opening of the academic year will take place on September 2nd.

I believe sustainable livestock farming is attainable by combining a range of innovations. Model research gives us the possibility to map the effects of innovations on various aspects of sustainability. A new insight, through our research, is that it pays off to breed dairy cows with a longer life span if the aim of the breeding is not just to increase milk production, but also to reduce green house gas emissions.
Imke de Boer, Professor of Animal Production Systems

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