“Local” Meat Does Not Equal Sustainable

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A report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service reveals that local slaughterhouses are not a sustainable option, despite the public’s notion that local meat may be an answer to factory farms.

The study looked at the number and types of slaughter facilities available in the United States, and found that although demand for “local meat” has doubled over the last decade, the small-scale characteristics of local operations are not necessarily viable.


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