Animals have a key role to play in truly sustainable food systems.
They can provide pest and weed control, motive power, manure, soil cultivation and companionship. They produce eggs, milk, honey and wool and, depending on your ethical position, they can also provide meat. However, bad animal care can lead to over-grazing, ill health, aggression, soil erosion, pollution, even death, and breaches the 'earth care' ethic. Adopting the right management programme and knowing how to care for animals properly are both crucially important.