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Animal health and welfare in organic agriculture by Mette Vaarst

By Mette Vaarst

The quick development of natural farming has been among the main outstanding adjustments in worldwide agriculture in contemporary a long time. at the beginning, extra consciousness used to be paid to the crop aspect of natural platforms, yet that has now replaced and there's better attractiveness of the necessity to comprehend animal well-being and welfare higher.

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Onderzoek naar de morele relevantie van ‘natuurlijkheid’ in discussies over biotechnologie bij dieren. NWO Ethiek en beleid, The Hague. Vogt, G. (2000) Entstehung und Entwicklung des ökologischen Landbaus. Ökologische Konzepte 99. Stiftung Ökologie & Landbau, Bad Dürkheim, Germany. West, B. X. (1989) Did chickens go north? New evidence from domestication, World’s Poultry Science Journal 45, 205–218. Wiersma, J. (1989) Holstein historie. Misset, Doetinchem, The Netherlands. Winkler Prins Encyclopaedia (1885) Part 7.

The earliest sign of decreasing size of the aurochs, which is interpreted as a sign of being kept in captivity, is found around 6200 BC in Turkey. It probably was extinct on the British Islands already by the Bronze age (c. 1250 BC), but in central Europe the aurochs continued to live alongside domesticated cattle until the 17th century. The last individual is said to have been killed in Poland in 1627 AD. Cattle have been kept in the Western world for their usefulness as dairy, beef and draught animals, and for a long time they often were regarded as fertility symbols.

The German term Veredlungswirtschaft (literally, ‘production of improvements’) expresses the idea that using cereals to produce pork is a way of improving them compared with consuming them directly. The decision to produce meat instead of cereals for direct human consumption is a matter of political and moral choice. e. the ruminants, although roughage should also be part of the pig’s diet. In addition to being important for their well-being, this also may reduce the competition for food between humans and pigs.

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