Livestock Fact Check

The Livestock Fact Check project digs into the evidence behind popular facts about livestock, to discover whether those facts are accurate and up to date.

The objective of this effort is to help ensure that facts relevant to the livestock sector are robust, up-to- date and appropriately interpreted, resulting in better-informed discussions around these topics.

Currently eight facts are being investigated and draft factsheets are being reviewed by members of the LD4D community. These will be launched in a way that stimulates discussion on these issues. A plan will also be developed to identify and review more key facts.

Facts checked (so far):

Fact Check livelihoods
Livestock and livelihoods: Do livestock support the livelihoods of around one billion poor people globally?

Fact Check economy
Livestock and economy: Does the livestock sector make up 40% of total agricultural GDP globally?

Fact Check zoonotic
Livestock and zoonotic disease: Of emerged human disease epidemics, have 75% really been of animal origin? And overall, are 60% of human pathogens of animal origin?

Fact Check disease eradication
Livestock disease eradication: Did global eradication of Rinderpest bring billions of dollars of benefits


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