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 percent 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.
Why choose grass-fed & cage-free meat?
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.
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.
6. It’s more nutritious
Research shows humanely raised animals contain higher amount of vitamins and minerals and less saturated fat. According to National Institutes of Health, grass-based diets of cows can significantly improve the fatty acid (FA) composition and antioxidant content of beef.
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.
9. Use less resources
Local farms use 70 percent 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 farms 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.