18 Apr '11, 2pm

Do You Know What the Environmental Impact is of Backyard Chickens? It's Not Zero!

How Many Eggs for Each Bag of Grain? While my hens are free to scratch in the dirt, eat bugs, and get a steady diet of scraps from our kitchen too, I suspect the largest portion of their diet still comes from these grains. I have yet to calculate how many eggs we get for each bag of grain, but I am sure it would be an illuminating calculation. (Currently I seem to also be feeding a hungry, vegetarian possum intruder, so I'd need to fix the coop properly for it to be an accurate experiment.) From a vegan standpoint , it would almost certainly make so much more environmental sense to feed those grains direct to humans, rather than pass them through a system of animal husbandry—however local and low impact—and deal with the inevitable nutrient loss that come along with those pesky laws of entropy.

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/04/environmental-imp...

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