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Well-managed feedlots more environmentally friendly than thought

Beef might not be an environmentally sound or ethical choice under any circumstances, but as it is a mainstay in western cuisine, it is important to think about how to produce it.

Feedlots, as they are used in the gain-finishing system of the industry, have a bad reputation, but apparently, they come with a lower environmental impact than the grass-finishing system. There are differences in health benefits, but those are too small to really matter.

Between 1977 and 2007, during the rise of feedlots, land use for beef decreased by 33 percent, water use by 12 percent, and the greenhouse gas footprint by 16 percent.

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