The meat industry and its challenges: how to create a sustainable breeding industry?

Meat supply chains face three major global stakes for their sustainable development: health (animal and human), equity and the environment. A rising demand for meat and the livestock sector development often have serious consequences in terms of natural resource depletion, animal health, public health, structure of production and access to markets. At the same time, amenities of livestock production should be strengthened and better acknowledged in policies. We suggest five principles that will allow the sector to successfully improve its sustainability: efficiency in using natural resources, conservation of resources, protection of rural livelihoods, resilience of communities and ecosystems and governance of private and public initiatives.