This chapter shows how the Geometric Framework has been applied to design nutritional regimes for agricultural and companion animals, and to manage the nutritional environment of endangered species. Clearly, the pervasiveness of nutrition extends beyond fundamental biology, to a wide range of problems that demand scientifically designed management solutions. There are many examples, but among the most important is the need to feed production animals (agriculture), to feed companion animals, to conserve endangered species, and to manage the impacts of the rapidly changing human diet on health. In each case, the key to this approach is to depict the animal, the environment, and the interaction between animal and environment in terms of nutrients. In conservation ecology, these nutrient-level depictions should not be considered an alternative to analyses that focus on foods—both food- and nutrient-level analyses are important.
Keywords: Geometric Framework, nutritional regimes, agricultural animals, companion animals, nutritional environment, endangered species, human diet, conservation ecology, nutrient-level analysis, food-level analysis
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