Modern mass production of meat, or factory farming, has become a key topic within climate discussions. Conventional meat production practices have a negative impact on the environment and raise concerns about ethical animal treatment. Restaurants like Amity, Oregon-based The Blue Goat work to change this narrative by supplying their meat from the restaurant owners’ very own sustainable small farm. Factory farming is the practice of raising animals for consumption in confined spaces in order to bolster production. This practice is very stressful on animals and frequently leads to illness, requiring the use of antibiotics or other medication. Meat produced under these conditions is less expensive than sustainably raised meat, and the cheaper price commonly overshadows the significant ethical and environmental concerns. Environmental Cost of Mass Meat Production Conventional livestock production takes a big toll on the environment . Forty percent of the world’s land is utilized for raising meat for consumption, and it takes 150 gallons of water to produce a single hamburger. An even more shocking figure is the vast amount of greenhouse gases that result from meat production. It accounts for between 14 and 22 percent of the total 36 billion tons of greenhouse gases that are […]

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