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10 Reasons To Eat Grass-Fed & Cage-Free Meat

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Eating less meat is good for the environment. But that doesn’t mean you have to give up on meat all together. There are still ways you can make a difference.
It takes nearly 650 gallons of water to raise, process, and transport meat for just one burger. Factory farms consume fossil fuels, emit more greenhouse gas emissions than cars, and cause 80% of the world’s annual deforestation.
Choosing to support local farms that raise animals in an ethical manner with consideration of the environment is one easy and very positive way to spend your food dollar.


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"Great article! I knew most if the reasons but i still learned a lot! I love animals but realize some must be used for food. Im happy to learn of the humane way to raise them. Ill happily pay the extra money to eat humanely raised and slaughtered animals. As far as eggs go, i have two friends who free range their chickens and i get eggs from them!!" 5 stars by




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10 Reasons To Eat Grass-Fed & Cage-Free Meat

Make The Difference

Eating less meat is good for the environment. But that doesn’t mean you have to give up on meat all together. There are still ways you can make a difference.

It takes nearly 650 gallons of water to raise, process, and transport meat for just one burger. Factory farms consume fossil fuels, emit more greenhouse gas emissions than cars, and cause 80% of the world’s annual deforestation.

Choosing to support local farms that raise animals in an ethical manner with consideration of the environment is one easy and very positive way to spend your food dollar.

Happy Ducks At De La Ranch

Happy Ducks At De La Ranch

© Anne Watson Photography

Benefits

Yes, humanely treated animals are more expensive, but the benefits you will receive in return are well worth it:

1. Free of antibiotics, added hormones, and GMOs

Animals raised organically are fed organic feed, which has more nutrients than factory farms.

2. Less chance your meat is contaminated by deadly diseases

Confined animals are exposed to bacteria and viruses, plus the practice of cannibalization create diseases like mad cow disease, which are passed on to people.

Humanely Raised Pigs At De La Ranch

Humanely Raised Pigs At De La Ranch

© Anne Watson Photography

Benefits (Cont.)

3. More humane, ethical treatment of animals

Factory farms treat animals like commodities, and they are kept in tightly confined pens and often never move more than a few feet their whole lives.

4. Animals free-range and graze

Free range animals eat more grubs and bugs than their industrially-raised counterparts; free range animals graze as they are inclined, which result in more nutritious food.

5. Reduce waste and pollution

Industrial farms produce so much manure that it is a human health risk. On small farms, manure is used to naturally fertilize soil.

Happy Pigs From De La Ranch

Happy Pigs From De La Ranch

© Anne Watson Photography

Benefits (Cont.)

6. It's more nutritious

Research shows humanely raised animals contain higher amount of vitamins and minerals and less saturated fat.

7. Protect your watershed and habitats

Organic agriculture improves soil fertility, instead of destroying it with chemicals and pesticides, which also pollute our water and the environment.

8. Promote biodiversity

Industrial farms breed only a few species of cattle, chickens, pigs, etc. In contrast, sustainable farms raise a wider variety of livestock, thereby promoting biodiversity and a natural resistance to diseases.

Piglets From De La Ranch

Piglets From De La Ranch

© Anne Watson Photography

Benefits (Cont.)

9. Use less resources

Small farms use 70% less energy than industrial farms. Buying animal products from local farms further reduces energy by reducing the amount of miles the food travels to your plate.

10. Support sustainability

When you buy your meat locally, you support local farmers and contribute to the well-being of your community. On the other hand, if you buy non-organic meat from a supermarket chain, you most likely support a multinational food conglomerate.