Indigenous Herders and Small Farmers Fight Livestock Extinction
The industrial model of livestock production is causing the worldwide destruction of animal diversity. At least one indigenous livestock breed becomes extinct each month as a result of overreliance on select breeds imported from the United States and Europe, according to the study, “The State of the World’s Animal Genetic Resources,” conducted by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Since research for the report began in 1999, 2,000 local breeds have been identified as at risk.
Here are the urban homestead not only are we passionate about heirloom seeds but also heirloom or heritage animals. If Jordanne could she have a farm (with a red barn of course) filled with endangered poultry and livestock — sorta an ark or sanctuary. That could still happen one day, you never know since places of refuge are going to be needed more than ever. Of course, I would love to join her helping to run the place. My only stipulate that I be able to plant heritage fruit trees.
Anyhow back to the destruction of animal diversity, here’s a post along with a video link that talks about saving heritage breeds.
When it came time to purchase our backyard flock and livestock we made sure that they were not your common breeds. In fact a few are even on the endangered watch list – Khaki Campbell Ducks, Nigerian Dwarf Goat, Cochin Chickens to name a few.
How many of you are already keeping heritage breeds in your backyard barnyard. Care to share?