SMALL FARMS: THE MOST HU­MANE OP­TION?

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Most peo­ple think that rais­ing an­i­mals on green pas­tures is the most hu­mane farm­ing method be­cause an­i­mals graze out­side and have ac­cess to a barn in case of bad weather. It is also pro­moted as more en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly com­pared to fac­tory farm­ing.

Un­for­tu­nately, stud­ies show that the method is still bad for both the an­i­mals and the en­vi­ron­ment. Sara Farr ex­plained in her 2017 ar­ti­cle in One Green Planet that grass­fed cat­tle re­quire sev­eral years of eat­ing grass com­pared to cat­tle in fac­tory farms.

Pas­ture-raised cat­tle also re­quire 35 per­cent more wa­ter and 30 per­cent more land than those in fac­tory farms. Ad­di­tion­ally, each pound of grass-fed beef cre­ates 500 per­cent more green­house gases com­pared to grain-fed beef in fac­tory farms.

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