Issue 12: International trade in animal-sourced foods: What impacts does it have? How does it affect production of food animals?

January 1, 2022

Imagine a discussion among several senior staff members of an organization tackling harms generated by large-scale animal agriculture. Sam brought up the issue of international trade. And Pat responded with the expression, "What does that have to do with the price of tea in China?"

Was Pat justified in considering international trade as irrelevant, as a non sequitur to their discussion?
Why should advocacy organizations care about international trade?

Perhaps Pat and leaders of advocacy organizations will be interested in learning more about international trade after reading this issue of ASWT which features academic studies that look into aspects and impacts of international trade in animal-sourced foods, from antimicrobial resistance, nitrogen emissions, to meeting China's demand for such foods.

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