Food from animals raised in “higher” welfare conditions provides better nutrition for humans, according to a report issued this week by Compassion in World Farming (CIWF), a group that seeks to “end all cruel factory farming practices.”
The report, “Higher Welfare Animals Produce More Nutritious Foods,” analyzes data from 76 scientific studies, and concludes that “meat, dairy and eggs from higher welfare farming often contain higher levels of key nutrients and less fat than animal products from factory farm systems.” The group identifies higher welfare farming to include “organic, free-range and pasture-based systems and use of slower growing breeds.”
Specifically, Compassion in World Farming claims higher welfare animal products are lower in fat content, higher in levels of Omega-3 and higher in levels of antioxidants. CIWF concludes that “a life worth living equals food worth eating.”
“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:
- Pasture raised beef has 25 to 50 percent less fat, up to 430 percent more Omega 3s, and as much as 700 percent more beta-carotene.
- A free-range chicken may have up to 50 percent less fat than an industrially farmed one, up to 565 percent more Omega 3s, and free-range eggs have up to 100 percent more vitamin E and 280 percent more beta-carotene.
- Free-range pork has up to 200 percent more vitamin E and up to 290 percent more Omega 3s.
CIWF says farm animals are “sentient beings with the full capacity to experience both wellbeing and suffering. In the drive for cheap animal protein, billions of animals endure the barren confinement of factory farming systems.”