An open access review of the impacts and services provided by European livestock farming

Since the publication of the FAO report ‘Livestock’s Long Shadow’ in 2006, livestock production and the consumption of animal products have received particular attention in the news and scientific media. As a result of the increasing demand for meat, milk and eggs at a global scale, livestock farming faces unprecedented pressures to alleviate its negative impacts on the environment. This book summarizes the Inra collective scientific assessment report on the role, impacts and services provided by European livestock production, that was requested by the French ministries responsible for Agriculture and the Environment, in collaboration with the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME).