Report: Higher Welfare Animals Produce More Nutritious Foods
Compassion in World Farming recently published a report entitled Nutritional Benefits Of Higher Welfare Animal Products, which compiled data from 76 studies based on the topic. A literature review was conducted in order to examine the evidence for a range of nutritional benefits of higher-welfare animal products.
Some of it findings are summarized below:
1. Organic and pasture-reared animal products are often significantly lower in fat than equivalent products from intensively-reared animals.
2. Choosing organic and pasture-reared animal products over intensively-reared animal products would be expected to make a substantial contribution to meeting dietary requirements for essential omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for brain and heart health.
3. Organic and pasture-reared animal products often contain higher levels of antioxidants and iron.
For the full report and a short poster, click here.
While some of the food system challenges facing humanity are local, in an interconnected world, adopting a global perspective is essential. Many environmental issues, such as climate change, need supranational commitments and action to be addressed effectively. Due to ever increasing global trade flows, prices of commodities are connected through space; a drought in Romania may thus increase the price of wheat in Zimbabwe.
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