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Animal Products

  • By: Bill Kte'pi
  • In: Green Health: An A-to-Z Guide
  • Edited by: Oladele Ogunseitan
  • Subject:Environmental Technology, Policy & Management, Geography of Health

Animal products are any products produced by or taken from an animal, especially animals raised or slaughtered for that purpose. (Fossil fuels and fertilizer with animal remains are generally not considered animal products.) Though the term is most frequently used to refer to foods, because of the number of people in the world who avoid animal products or avoid them in certain circumstances—from vegetarians and vegans to those keeping kosher or halal diets—the term is also applicable to the many other products derived from animals.

Animal fibers, for instance, include silk, fur, and feathers. Animal fibers vary greatly, as demonstrated by the difference between the two most common animal fibers used commercially: wool from domestic sheep and silk from the mulberry silkworm. Even wool can vary ...

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