Poultry International - September 2017 - 12
This is the ninth article in
WATT Global Media's
100-year anniversary series.
Poultry producers, already leading in some areas of
environmental sustainability, will face growing pressure
to minimize their impact as demand for meat continues
and eggs intensifies
On farm or off, poultry
producers may need to become
energy producers. Once complete,
this Northern Ireland anaerobic digestion
plant will generate 3MW of electricity
from up to 40,000 tonnes of litter annually,
and will help to resolve local nutrient
run-off issues, says developer Stream
Courtesy Stream BioEnergy
Pressure on the poultry industry to be more environmentally
sustainable can only grow as concerns for the environment and demands for transparency increase.
As broiler and egg producers face growing demand for animal protein, how the industry responds will vary, as definitions
of sustainability vary from country to country and company to
There is no universal definition of sustainability and, even
where there is consensus, definitions have evolved since first
emerging in the 1960s.
Sustainable production in its broadest sense interlinks three
dimensions - environmental, social and economic, and
companies and policymakers have placed varying emphases on each of these strands.
Yet where environmental sustainability is concerned, there is now
general recognition that the
earth's resources are limited,
Larger, modern and
advanced farms are often
sustainable than more
traditional methods, despite
Source: Hydor Ltd.
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