Poultry environmentally most efficient

Poultry environmentally most efficient

In a major study regarding the environmental burdens and resource use in production poultry meat came up as the clear winner.

A Cranfield University study conducted by A.G Williams, E. Audsley and D.L. Sandars comparing beef, sheep meat, pig meat, poultry meat, eggs and milk with regard to their environmental burdens.

They found that poultry production, in particular conventionally produced chicken is the most environmentally efficient, followed by pigmeat and at some considerable distance sheepmeat and beef.

Chicken’s efficiency in converting its feed into meat plays a big part. This efficiency has been achieved through traditional breeding over dozens of generations and through better matching of feed to the birds’ dietary needs at each stage of their development.

Even though the report is dated 2006, it is only in more recent times, namely in late 2007 and early 2008 that these interesting results became more broadly known and reported in the media.

According to Andreas Dubs, Executive Director of the Australian Chicken Meat Federation, the concept of environmental impact is influencing consumers’ purchasing decisions at the meat counter more and more.

Furthermore, he said that chicken is not only nutritious, low in fat and the most affordable meat protein. It also has genuine environmental benefits over more expensive meats.
Source: UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)


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