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Kazmi, Syed Assad Raza, 2013. The impact of livestock sector on the environment and societal life of Swedish people : a study based on interviews with agronomists. Second cycle, A1E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Urban and Rural Development



The purpose of this case-study is to find out, how the agronomists specialized in Animal husbandry perceive and respond to the ongoing debate initiated by ‘Livestock‘s long shadow’ report about the risks with global livestock production. Moreover, to investigate also their perspective regarding different attempts to reduce the risks as well as the nature of the reactions shown by the farmers and general citizens.

The research study is based on the qualitative semi-structured interviews with fourteen agronomists regarding the research questions about how they understand and evaluate the above mentioned debate concerning the expansion of livestock activities and the related problems. The results are interpreted through the interview quotes of the respondents rather than using any direct statistical data.

The results show that the interviewed agronomists are aware of the ongoing debate and confirm that many of the problems raised in ‘Livestock‘s long shadow’ report are relevant and need to be addressed on a global level. Whereas, they do not consider any need for substantial changes in the Swedish production system. However, they indicate that Sweden is indirectly responsible for deforestation and expansion of the ongoing livestock activities of Brazil and other South American countries because of importing soyabean and red meat from those countries.

The agronomists argue that decrease in red meat consumption side by side with increase in livestock production within the safe limits in Sweden would help to decrease risks for the society and reduce the import of red meat in the country, as well. Moreover, they give suggestions for giving incentives to the farmers by the Swedish government to provide the relief for rearing cattle in higher number and for change of the food habits of people to decrease red meat consumption in the country. The agronomists being animal husbandry experts are aware of and to a large extent agree with the criticism about global livestock production system. However, they do not perceive themselves as adopting the role of ‘coordinating risks’ through their expert knowledge, rather they consider the politicians and consumers for contributing to make such changes.

Main title:The impact of livestock sector on the environment and societal life of Swedish people
Subtitle:a study based on interviews with agronomists
Authors:Kazmi, Syed Assad Raza
Supervisor:Hallgren, Lars
Examiner:Westberg, Lotten
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2013
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A1E
Student's programme affiliation:NG001 Environmental Communication and Management - Magister (1year master) Programme 60 HEC
Supervising department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
Keywords:Meat production, Animal husbandry, Environmental risks, Risk society
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Agro-industry
Rural sociology and social security
Rural population
Food processing and preservation
Deposited On:27 Mar 2013 14:16
Metadata Last Modified:27 Mar 2013 14:16

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