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The Economics of Farm Animal Welfare
Theory, Evidence and Policy
Edited by: Bouda Vosough Ahmadi, FAO, Italy, Dominic Moran, Scotland’s Rural College, UK, Richard B. D’Eath, Scotland’s Rural College, UK
May 2020 | Paperback | 208 Pages | 9781786392312
$65.00 | £45.00 | €55.00
DescriptionThis landmark new text charts the latest developments in economic research relevant to farm animal welfare. A range of global experts and key opinion leaders outline the challenges of achieving sustainable intensification whilst improving both climate change and animal welfare, and make policy-relevant recommendations for the future.
Theoretical yet practical, the book examines:
- Origins, cross-disciplinary interactions and the future of farm animal welfare;
- Consumer demand and changing preferences as animal welfare rises up the social agenda;
- The impact on animal welfare of political organisations such as the EU and WTO.
An important resource for policy makers and animal welfare scientists and clinicians, this book provides a thought-provoking yet evidence-based review for all those interested in quantifying farm animal welfare.
Table of contents
- -: Preface
- -: Foreword
- 1: Farm Animal Welfare: Origins, and Interplay with Economics and Policy
- 2: Farm Animal Welfare: Do Free Markets Fail to Provide it?
- 3: Consumer Demand for Animal Welfare Products
- 4: People’s Preferences in Relation to Animal welfare
- 5: Animal Welfare and Farm Economics: An Analysis of Costs and Benefits
- 6: Poultry Breeding for Sustainability and Welfare
- 7: EU Regulations and the Current Position of Animal Welfare
- 8: Animal Welfare Measures and the WTO Post EC-Seal Products Case: A Renewed Debate and Research Agenda
- 9: Farm Animal Welfare Future
ReadershipSuitable for animal welfare scientists, policy makers and veterinary researchers.
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Dr Bouda Vosough Ahmadi is veterinarian and animal-health and welfare economist currently working at the European Commission for the Control of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (EuFMD) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome. His main research focus is on agricultural policies and economics and policies of animal-health and animal welfare. He currently leads socioeconomic impact assessment studies of livestock diseases at EuFMD/FAO.
is an agricultural economist with a background in veterinary medicine. Since 2008, he has worked within the Policy Analysis Team of the Land Economy, Environment and Society (LEES) Research Group of Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC). His main research focus is on assessing the impacts of policies on farm economics and management, and on livestock health
and welfare. Since February 2016, he has been working at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the
Professor Dominic Moran is Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Edinburgh. Previously he worked for a period of 18 years at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), prior to which he was a government economist and in private consulting. His research focuses on applying economics to environmental management and the development of interdisciplinary approaches to resource allocation problems in agriculture and global food security. Most recently, his work has focused on the challenges of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture and food supply chains, and the problem of antimicrobial use and resistance in agriculture. Dominic has worked in over 30 countries and has published more than 100 refereed journal papers. He has been in continuous receipt of funding from the EU, ESRC, NERC or BBSRC since 2000 for his research on climate change and agriculture, and has supervised 20 PhD students.
Dr Rick D’Eath is Reader in Animal Behaviour and Welfare at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC). As an applied ethologist working on farm animals, his main research interests involve understanding how the farmed environment can modify and sometimes frustrate an animals’ motivated behaviours often leading to animal welfare problems. Rick primarily works on pigs and poultry, with a particular focus on questions around feeding and hunger, and interactions between animals which are negative for their welfare, including aggression, tail-biting and mounting.