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WORLD LIVESTOCK


source: Halweil B.; “Farm animal
population soar”; Vital Signs 2001;
The WorldWatch Institute; 2001; p.100.

www.agrifood-forum.net/issues/
consumption/doc/agri-consumption.pdf


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world livestock

It has been estimated that, in the year 2000, people shared the Earth’s natural resources with nearly...
millionslivestock
950 pigs
1,331cattle
1,060sheep
235 geese*
1430 chickens**


The total livestock population in 2000 was 20.6 billion animals...
  • the most numerous herd at the moment is in India (with 220 million animals),


  • the highest ratio between humans and farmed animals has been recorded in New Zealand, where there are 12 times as many sheep as humans;


  • the major global issue raised by this number of animals is undoubtedly their need for food and space.

* This being the highest absolute increase since 1961.
** Over two chickens for each man, woman and child on the planet.

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