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This site is designed for the curious and for teachers who approach or would like to approach the topic of livestock farming with their students: general information and technical details will allow them to draw up a global overview but also to answer more specific questions.

The GIS AE group (or Groupement d'Intérêt Scientifique Avenir Elevages) offers these elements of information on the main themes discussed in class as well as sourced and verified resources that can be freely reused in your lessons.

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The basics of animal farming will no longer hold any secrets for you.

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What is livestock farming ?

Breeding is an important production activity, and its products are varied (meat, milk, eggs, but not only!). Breeding activities require many skills on the part of the breeder, from the care of the animals to the management of his business. Depending on the type of animal raised, the way of raising animals varies enormously (obviously one does not raise a chicken in the same way as a cow).


How do humans produce biomass ?

Food, energy, medecine, building materials... Agrosystems are the best way humans know to produce. These ecosystems are transformed to harvest the most of environment.


But balance is necessary. 

Farmers bring it back most often by using inputs (such as fertilizers), but also by looping the cycles (recycling the material to limit losses and waste). 

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Animal farming, a balance between pollution and environmental services ?

Animals consume water and food, including a quantity of cereals and food edible by humans that varies according to the species. 


Livestock farming produces greenhouse gases. Agriculture is also one of the few sectors capable of reducing its impact on global warming by sequestering part of the carbon emitted in the soil, particularly in grasslands.


Livestock farming also has various impacts on biodiversity, sometimes negative or positive.

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How is animal farming linked to human health ?

There are many links between animals and human health : 

from the consomption of animals products in a balanced diet to shared diseases and treatments.


In this chapter, we will explain what a zoonosis is, by taking some examples, and then we will talk about the issue of the use of antibiotics, which are essential to treat humans, but also animals.

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Animal farming : a key to tradition and society?

This chapter reviews the history of the links between livestock and society, and details the social role of livestock in the world. 


It also focuses on animal protection, because it is a growing concern for citizens, especially the young ones. 

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Welcome to Farmpedia

Through this blog, we aim to shed light on the fascinating world of animal farming, exploring both the challenges and opportunities it presents. 🌍🚜 From sustainable practices and ethical considerations to innovative technologies and the future of farming, we'll be diving deep into this vital industry.

Whether you're a passionate animal lover, a conscientious consumer, or simply curious about where your food comes from, this blog will be your go-to resource. 🌱🍽️🐷 We'll be sharing captivating stories, research-backed insights, and thought-provoking discussions that will inform, inspire, and empower you to make informed choices.

Together, we'll delve into the interconnected web of topics surrounding animal farming, including animal welfare, environmental impacts, food safety, and more. 🌿🐔💚 And we'll explore sustainable alternatives, innovative farming methods, and the latest developments that are shaping the future of agriculture.

We can't wait to embark on this journey with all of you and engage in meaningful conversations around animal farming. Your feedback, questions, and ideas are invaluable to us, so please don't hesitate to reach out and join the dialogue! 

Stay tuned for our upcoming blog posts, where we'll navigate the vast landscape of animal farming, promoting understanding, compassion, and a sustainable approach for a better future. 🌍🐄✨

Thank you for joining us on this exciting venture! Together, we can make a difference. 🙌🌱🌿

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