By E. P. Cunningham

Europe confronted a big main issue over the BSE phenomenon. as well as affecting farm animals breeders and pork manufacturers, the BSE difficulty concerned many different sectors of society. those contain the linked actions of animal health and wellbeing, meat processing, the leather-based undefined, the wholesale and retail sale of red meat, nationwide and foreign alternate, stream keep watch over of cattle and, final yet now not least, the perceived new probability to human future health by way of CJD with all its advanced interactions among technology, medication, politics and laws. This difficulty additionally had different results comparable to declining public self assurance in technology, a scarcity of belief in legit and not more authentic supervision of matters affecting human overall healthiness, damaged farm companies and a turning out to be price to governments and to the ecu. EAAP ready a finished file on BSE which drew upon the deep strengths of the organization within the farm animals quarter in all its parts. the purpose of the record was once to not protect the sectional pursuits of animal creation, particularly to enlighten all sectors of society who've to make judgements in this tricky subject and to make arrangements for different emergencies sooner or later. for that reason the composition of the crowd demonstrated by means of EAAP to provide the file incorporated, besides cattle scientists, unique specialists from different sectors corresponding to patron issues, alternate, economics and wellbeing and fitness. the end result is an target and forward-looking document that seeks to supply new views and a few concepts for the long run, dependent upon a whole figuring out of the prior. The document isn't really meant to record the explanations of BSE or to gainsay the medical details already released by way of famous and authoritative our bodies facing animal wellbeing and fitness concerns. It proposes a view of the desires of the farm animals region of tommorow: animal future health tracking; animal items hazard evaluate and higher animal agriculture administration; nutrition safety; consumer's information of nutrients caliber; expert ethics within the farm animals zone; and animal welfare

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Increase in scale o Dairy herds, now averaging 30 cows (40% of herds have >50 cows), are increasing in size at 3% per annum. o The average number of sows on pig farms has increased from 30 in 1987 to 43 in 1997. • Increase in intensity o Average milk yield per cow, in France, has doubled since 1970 to 6,000 litres. 6% respectively per annum. • Specialisation o While this is difficult to quantify, most livestock producers now are committed to a single enterprise. These trends are well illustrated by the example of Bretagne, a French region noted for the success of its livestock economy (Box 3).

Schematic retrospective view of livestock health problems in Europe in relation to the intensification process. 31 Chapter 2. The changing context: an industry in transition assessed and only an indicative list of issues with partial estimates is available. The interconnections between crop and animal agriculture make it difficult to attribute externalities to one or the other sector for some of the identified issues. Further, the additional costs of intensification of agriculture that go beyond the costs of other forms of agriculture require quantification.

4% in Greece (Eurostat 2002). In their food purchases, consumers are buying more services and less product. This is a result of complex changes in lifestyles, with time for food preparation becoming a steadily more important issue. It also reflects the increasing cost and complexity of food processing, packaging and promotion. One consequence is that the primary producer’s share of the consumer’s expenditure is declining steadily. 2) where the producer share of the consumer dollar has declined from 33% in 1970 to 20% in 2000 (ERS, USDA).

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