Biological farming good for pigs and environment
Both animal welfare and the environment profit from
biological farming, two Dutch studies show.
The studies, conducted by Wageningen University and Research Centre, claim
biological farming is better for animals and environment than conventional
Environmentally, energy use and greenhouse gas emission
per hectare is lower with biological companies, the studies
Housing animals biologically causes more
natural behaviour, especially in pigs and poultry, when compared to conventional
Biological pig and poultry farming are very different from
conventional farming as the housing method allows the pigs to root and explore.
In addition, no pig tails are cut as tailbiting - said to be caused by boredness
- is less common.
In pens being more spacious and straw-bedded, the
animals are less aggressvie than their fellow pigs in smaller, plainer
More biological meat sold
were released in the Netherlands that in 2006 Dutch consumers bought about 5%
more biological meat in comparison to 2005.
consumers paid €57.6 million for biologically produced meat. About 20.5%
(equalling to €11.8 million) of that was for pork, 18.6% (€10.7 million) for
poultry. Most money was spent on biologically produced
â€¢ Wageningen University and Research Centre
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