Issues Magazine

Articles about livestock

Using Animals for Food

By Ashleigh Haw

Do some research into animals raised for food and you may be tempted to become a vegan.

Contemporary Australia is no stranger to the concept of equality. Exposure via news, pop culture, advertising and social media produces many young activists concerned with equality in gender, sexuality, marriage and race.

The overwhelming majority of Australians, however, are happy to look away from another issue of inequality – one that causes ongoing and unnecessary suffering to thousands of living beings every minute of every day. I am talking about the use of animals for food.

Livestock Diversity Needs Gene Banks

By Carlos Seré

Livestock gene banks are needed to ensure the world’s future food supply.

The genetic diversity of livestock is threatened worldwide, but especially in the global south, where the vast majority of farm animal breeds reside.

Documenting and conserving this diversity of cattle, goats, sheep, swine and poultry is just as essential as the maintenance of crop diversity for ensuring future food supplies in the face of health and environmental threats.