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The way we feed our livestock animals places huge burdens on the UK food system and the natural environment. This exploratory report outlines the opportunity to do things differently. If, instead of using land to grow crops for animals to eat, we used these crops to feed humans and prioritised ‘low opportunity cost’ animal feed sources that do not compete with human nutrition, millions of hectares of arable land could be released for other purposes.

By reducing the intense pressure on cropland to produce high yields, land use could be transformed to enable nature to thrive alongside food production in a resilient and resource efficient future.

Drone panoramic photo of the  remeandering of the river system in Norfolk UK

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For enquiries into these reports, or WWF-UK’s work on sustainable agriculture, please contact Callum Weir (Sustainable Agriculture Specialist) via email at