It’s no secret. Rabbit production is more environmentally friendly compared to more mainstream proteins such as poultry, beef and pork. But if you still have any doubts, simply ask yourself one question – which would you prefer to live near? As anyone who has ever lived close to a chicken house or stockyard will tell you, you do notice.
On the other hand, if you lived close to a small rabbit farm you’d probably never notice unless you saw it with your own eyes. There’s a reason we call rabbit the clean, lean protein. It simply makes the smallest carbon footprint compared to all other forms of meat production.
Just look at the amount of land needed to raise a rabbit in a healthy, humane habitat. It takes a fraction of the amount of space compared to other animals. (See Graphic) In addition to taking less space, there is very little impact made on the land used.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, it takes four pounds of feed to raise one pound of rabbit meat. By comparison, it takes seven pounds of feed or more to create only one pound of beef.
Less feed means less … let’s call it byproduct. So, in addition to having little to no effect on your surroundings, you can rest assured your rabbit farm neighbors will put off the right airs.