Surely you may have read or heard something about sustainable livestock farming; its most common meaning is applied to the environmental context, where production processes are based on techniques and technologies with the least possible impact for the earth.
It is a much-discussed topic in our society, because it becomes a criterion for consumers’ choice in animal protein decision-making.
However, now let’s step back for a moment to understand the different spheres that the concept of sustainability touches.
Continue reading “Sustainable Livestock Farming: Types & Benefits”
“The demand for meat is outgrowing our ability to supply meat and has a negative impact upon the environment. At present, 30% of the Earth’s surface is used for livestock production, and an alarming 44% of the world’s grain harvest is diverted to industrialized meat production. Not only that, but the livestock farming industry is responsible for emitting 14.5% of greenhouse gasses into our atmosphere.
With the demand for meat set to rise and not fall, scientists have begun turning their attention to alternative sources of protein. In 2015, a team of Dutch researchers at Maastricht University grew the world’s first burger in a laboratory which – despite costing more than €250,000 to produce – could be cheaper than conventionally farmed beef in the long run. Other scientists have chosen to focus on insect meat as a sustainable protein alternative, with at least 2 billion people worldwide already enjoying insects as part of their diets. Other alternatives include plant-based substitutes to chicken and ground beef and egg whites without the need for hens.”
To find out more about the two main contenders – lab grown meat and insect-rich diets – check out the full infographic below.
Continue reading “What is the Future of Meat? [Infographic]”
Eating meat is expensive, but the cost isn’t limited to the price you pay at the store. Did you know that eating meat also contributes to greenhouse gas emissions, soil erosion and water overuse? And surprisingly, turning vegetarian won’t eliminate these effects — if you still eat cheese, that is. Read on to learn more about the true cost of meat!
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