SMALL FARMS: THE MOST HUMANE OPTION?
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.