Special Issue "Use of Agricultural By-Products in Animal Feeding"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2019
The increase in human population to more than 9 billion by 2050 and the concern about food security highlights the challenge of land use. In this context, the increase in demand for animal-based food is a central point in the novel concept of feed-food competition. Currently, livestock account for about 15% of global anthropogenic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through enteric fermentation and manure, and 33% of croplands are used for livestock feed production. Globally, livestock provides 25% of protein intake, and as a consequence, meeting the increasing demand for animal-based food is a major sustainability challenge. A possible approach could be an increase in total efficiency and the reduction of the impact of livestock by feeding livestock recycling biomass from agro-food systems unsuitable as food. The regeneration of natural resources and of by-products from the agro-food system could reduce feed–food competition and, therefore, the utilization of croplands for feed production. Moreover, the use of agricultural by-products in animal feeding represents a circular economy model to guarantee the production of healthy and affordable food by reducing the livestock system impact from an environmental and societal point of view, and minimizing waste outputs.
We invite original research papers and reviews that address experiments on the effects of the utilization of by-products from the agro-food system on livestock production. Research papers and reviews addressing the effects of by-products in the diet on livestock welfare and health are welcome. Additional topics may include preliminary studies on the utilization of by-products from agro-food systems from in vitro experiments.
Prof. Mariangela Caroprese
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- agricultural by-products
- animal feeding
- animal production
- animal welfare and health
- feed-food competition
- circular economy.