By R. Geers; F. Madec
The target of this e-book is to supply a scientific-based, multidisciplinary standpoint to the discussion among society and the stakeholders inside cattle construction. issues and difficulties regarding nutrition defense, animal welfare and rural surroundings are mentioned inside a holistic method. This special approach has an added-value in comparison to different books which disguise those subject matters from a expert viewpoint. different matters are constructed through recognized specialists of their box of labor. they're facing the newest advancements in farm animals construction on the subject of social matters (such as, rules, probability conversation, relief of environmental impression, sustainability and fiscal and social affects of different thoughts) and construction platforms (including shipping and slaughter, feeding recommendations, waste administration and destiny tracking technology). Readers from quite a few disciplines will locate those rules beneficial and complimentary to their very own services, and should follow them to selection making, vocational education and different academic purposes
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The earth is in dynamic equilibrium. In tribes owning large herds of cattle, sheep or goats the dilemma and tension are well known. The attractions of larger numbers of animals to ensure that some survive periods of drought have to be balanced against overgrazing and poorer quality animals. Those who choose more and more animals tip the balance and nearly always lose. We, in the West, need to ponder the deeper implications of the lost relationship of Western civilization with the environment, with domestic animals, with each other in our national communities and with other societies on earth.
Meat sources come from hunting wild animals and fishing. Infant mortality is high and life expectancy low. Education is limited to tradition. I have had the privilege of helping such poor people on the ground in West Africa. One soon realizes why Homo sapiens developed the first rich civilizations in the prosperous river plains and deltas of the Middle East. Even though these poorest of the poor have none of the sophisticated life of a rich civilization, one never suspects that they are animals – they have all the marks of Homo sapiens in the Post-Cultural Revolution state even to the extent of worship.
This balance which determines survival or extinction involves a finely tuned but crucial boundary between competition and cooperation. In this chapter we explore this fragile boundary and the current Western values that threaten to destabilize the life forms of the earth including the human species. We also examine the strange marriage of competition and cooperation which enables life in its many forms to remain in equilibrium. The balance between competition and cooperation is a dynamic mechanism which has contributed substantially to humanity’s slow rise from a primitive lifestyle to the extraordinary high peak of civilization now found in the West.