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Assessing the environmental impact of swine production

Code: 9781838794996
G. J. Thoma, University of Arkansas, USA

Chapter synopsis: The swine production industry has reduced environmental impacts during the past 50 years due to productivity gains. However, there are increasing demands on our resource base, and we need robust tools to continue to support the best decisions in the face of environmental challenges. This chapter presents a review of the environmental sustainability impacts of swine production, focused at the farm level because the majority of environmental impacts occur by this stage of the supply chain. Two case studies comparing European and US swine production and the adoption of gestation pens to replace gestation stalls are presented demonstrate the application of life cycle assessments (LCA).

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2017.0030.09
Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 Environmental emissions and impacts at farm level: GHG emissions 3 Environmental emissions and impacts at farm level: emissions to water and air 4 Environmental emissions and impacts at farm level: pathogenic microbes, antibiotic resistance and pharmaceuticals 5 Environmental emissions throughout the life cycle 6 Case studies 7 Summary and future trends 8 Where to look for further information 9 References

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