Sustainable Poultry and Livestock

Human depends heavily on poultry and livestock for food and other derivative products. In order to provide large quantities of poultry and livestock food products every day at a competitive price, some organisations have used artificial feed, growth hormones and antibiotics to entertain the pursuit of quantity and efficiency. However, the unnatural farming methodologies will cause existence and accumulation of chemical substances in the food supply chain, which then would be consumed by people. Sustainable poultry and livestock refers to natural farming processes which do not using unnecessary chemicals.

Sustainable Features of Sustainable Poultry and Livestock

Organic Poultry and Livestock

“Organic poultry and livestock” commonly indicates that animal products are produced using the natural method by following a set of criteria, such as not using any synthetic fertilizers or pesticides and the animal feed is not genetically modified and is free of hormones, antibiotic, chemicals. Also, healthy and humane treatment should be guaranteed to protect the welfare of animals. The United States, Europe and some other countries have set its standard for organic food in the market.

Antibiotic-free and No Hormones Added

Antibiotics and growth hormones should not be used for raising sustainable poultry and livestocks as they leave chemical residues within the animal body and accumulate toxins along the food chain. Farmers must rely on animal selection and other sustainable management practices to cure diseased animals. Only a few drugs, such as vaccines, are allowed for the medical treatment of poultry and livestocks raised in farms.