Stewardship, Stockmanship and Sustainability in Animal Agriculture

  • Szucs, E. (Szent Istvan University Faculty for Agricultural and Environmental Science) ;
  • Geers, R. (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Zootechnical Centre R&D) ;
  • Sossidou, E.N. (National Agricultural Research Foundation, Veterinary Research Institute)
  • Received : 2008.10.31
  • Accepted : 2009.04.10
  • Published : 2009.09.01


Sufficient food supply for all humans was, is, and will remain one of the main priorities for mankind. The choice between food from crops or animals is related to philosophical, religious and ethical, but also cultural and economical, values. However, the concept of sustainable agriculture takes into account the organization of food supply through future generations. Not only quantity, but also quality is important, especially in relation to food safety and the method of production. Specifically, the aspect of animal welfare is becoming increasingly important with the focus on stewardship and stockmanship, i.e. responsibility of humans for their animals. In the future, implications for sustainability in animal production may be of more concern to stewardship paired by stockmanship, responsibility, consciousness and morality. The moral as a basic concept of sustainable agriculture is to maintain continuous development in harmony with nature to meet requirements in the world for living creatures including human beings to live in and steward. The objective of this paper is to discuss the above issues from different viewpoints on sustainable food supply, increasing food consumption and environmental protection.


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