Global effects of changing land-use on animal agriculture

Doug Tolleson, Paul Meiman

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• Proper science-based land and livestock management will continue to mitigate negative environmental effects of livestock production, and provide positive effects, while producing needed goods and services. • Global effects of changing land use on animal agriculture are diverse and vary regionally. • Decreased productivity of animal agriculture results from: • Direct and indirect loss of productive land to support animal agriculture. • Shifts in societal emphasis away from production. • Socio-political disruptions, especially armed conflict. • Increased productivity of animal agriculture may result from: • Innovative ways to increase land area available for animal production. • Enhancing productivity of land currently used for animal production. • Targeted or prescription grazing (e.g. at the wildland-urban interface). • Development of small holder operations in urban areas. • Global changes in land use present multiple challenges to animal and rangeland scientists. The need to mitigate negative impacts, enhance positive impacts, and discover new innovative contributions to society from animals is at a critical juncture.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14-23
Number of pages10
JournalAnimal Frontiers
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2015


  • Animal agriculture
  • Environmental litigation
  • Land-use change
  • Socio-political conflict
  • Targeted grazing
  • Urbanization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Animals
  • Animal Science and Zoology


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