Micro-Livestock: A Possible FutureJanuary 8, 2016
Although animal science has traditionally emphasized bigness, the 1991 report Micro-Livestock: Little-Known Animals with a Promising Economic Future shows that smallness has many advantages. If in the future the human species will become smaller, we will benefit from most of the advantages listed below.
- Small animals are cheaper and give faster return on investment since they generally have a high reproductive capacity.
- Small animals are often more efficient converters of food energy.
- Farmers can more easily change the size of their herd or flock according to market developments.
- Breeding stock is more likely to be retained in times of scarcity.
- Easy and more sustainable transport.
- Efficient use of space and availability to landless inhabitants.
- A much smaller food-related footprint.
- Less expensive facilities and tools.
- Easier Management.
- Valuable by-products. Many species have by-products that are more valuable than their meat, milk, or eggs.