The pressing challenges facing animal agriculture today.
The world we live in is changing and developing rapidly. And so is the food industry – one of the most important global industries and its methods of producing what we eat.
It has long been proven, we are what we eat, and our health, well-being and quality of life directly depend on the quality of our food we consume.
Today it is no secret to anyone what are the potential environmental problems and health hazards associated with intensive animal farming. Global climate change, antibiotic resistance and the exploitation of billions of animals kept in inappropriate and often inhumane conditions that negatively affect their well-being, health and, as a result, the quality of the product – these are some of the most acute problems of the modern animal agriculture.
What is ModernFerma
Our team is the first in Russia to work on creating a system of interaction between entrepreneurs, business owners, investors and the government, to help bring the livestock industry to a new level in terms of quality, safety and product standards, while taking into consideration elements of environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG), without which no modern forward-thinking company can operate and grow today.
Thanks to the availability of information and to the fact that this topic is being actively discussed at the global level, more and more consumers are choosing their food responsibly, showing the preference toward more humane and environmentally friendly producers.
Legislative initiatives are quick to follow. Both EU and UK have recently seen the introduction of a number of laws radically changing the obsolete animal husbandry practises and making the industry more humane:
- France and Germany are working on a ban on the inhumane practice of destruction of male chicks in the egg industry
- Great Britain is planning to end live transport of agricultural animals
- Some of the US states have already banned inhumane gestation crates for pigs. Europe and other developed countries are moving in the same direction
- The welfare of egg chickens has been forcing the changes within the European law for a long time now. Narrow uncomfortable cages with no enrichment have been banned in the EU in 2012. In 2018 half of the egg chickens of the EU are being kept in the improved larges cages with enrichment, while the rest is enjoying the right to roam freely (free range chickens) or are kept in the conditions as close to their natural environment as possible. Details.
- Even greater changes for animals are coming in the foreseeable future.
Taking into consideration all of the above, more and more progressive forward-thinking entrepreneurs today who chose to listen to the consumer opinion and to strive to keep up with the times, are deciding to embrace and to be part of the change.