A group opposed to so-called factory farming has analyzed data from 76 scientific studies to conclude that meat from animals raised in “higher-welfare” farming systems tend to have less fat and more Omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants.
“The compelling results in our report indicate that raising animals in high welfare systems can have nutritional benefits for people,” Emily Lewis-Brown, research manager at U.K.-based Compassion in World Farming, the group that produced the report, said in a press release.
Among the group’s claims:
•A free-range chicken may have up to 50 percent less fat than an industrially farmed one and up to 565 percent more Omega 3s.
•Pasture-reared beef has 25 to 50 percent less fat, up to 430 percent more Omega 3s, and as much as 700 percent more beta-carotene.
•Free-range pig meat has up to 200 percent more vitamin E and up to 290 percent more Omega 3s.
The full report can be found at ciwf.org/nutrition.
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