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The situation of Brazilian livestock

(2021) This study serves the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and aims to understand the dynamics that occur in the livestock production chain, especially beef cattle, and in view of the increased demand for Brazilian beef by the market until 2030. These dynamics are divided into three major agendas. 


The economic agenda is approached mainly from a quantitative point of view, providing information on the size of livestock in Brazil (number and distribution of rural establishments, occupied area, herd, slaughter, job creation and participation in GDP), in addition to presenting a summary projections for the next decade, which converge to a trend of production intensification. The environmental agenda addresses some of the main environmental impacts of intensification, as well as pointing out windows of opportunity for more sustainable livestock. The social agenda deals with the implications of Brazil's insertion in the international market, showing that this topic is the least known and explored. The multifunctionality of livestock is rescued, as well as the pressure on family farmers, small and medium producers who depend on the activity, in the face of the trend of intensification, specialization and productive concentration.

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