A recent report, produced on behalf of the World Health Organisation (WHO), suggests that organic farming practices can feed the world provided that food waste levels are slashed to almost zero levels and we cut back on the level of meat products in our diet.
This, in turn, will provide the aforementioned groups with an opportunity to have yet another pop at modern livestock farming systems, claiming that they are totally unfit for purpose.
I feel it is safe to conclude that those who espouse a plant-based diet today would not have survived had they been around a few thousand years ago, when all of mankind led a hunter-gatherer existence.
Back then it was a case of kill, or be killed, with animal products representing the only source of food that could deliver all of the nutrients needed by our early ancestors to stay alive.
But it’s all different now, of course. Those who have a problem with modern livestock farming can afford to criticise current agricultural production systems on the back of the modern lifestyle, which they enjoy.
Had it not been for the intensification in farming practices that did take place, the opportunities to achieve all of these other wonderful breakthroughs would never have happened.
Evolution of agriculture
Let me put it another way. Our forefathers only got the chance to think about the bigger picture once they no longer had to spend all day hunting and foraging in order to feed themselves. In essence, farmers took over this responsibility on the behalf of everyone else.
Farmers are subject to more inspections than any other business grouping. And this is the way it should be.
The current EU support system for agriculture is based on the premise that consumers should have total confidence in the way their food is produced.
Farming is also a business.
If this is not the case, livestock will not thrive and the businesses will be similarly affected.