The debate over eating meat continues. How much should I eat if any? If I do eat meat, from what kind of farms and ranches should that meat come? Our position is that Americans would be better served eating less, but better meat. Factory-farmed meat means animals raised in ways that are cruel and foreign to their natural patterns of grazing (even chickens are grazers), are destructive to the environment and in which the animals may be fed chemicals that can degrade health. BUT, we must remember that animals need to be present in an agricultural system. They are part of nature's evolved cycles of soil and plant rejuvenation. If we do not include meat in our diets, we will need to pay farmers and ranchers to raise animals that live on the land to deliver ecosystem services, but are not for food. Moreover, meat is a very efficient way to provide nutrition that comes from lands and soils not fertile enough to grow crops that we can eat directly. So with that as context, we still support the efforts to lower factor-farmed meat consumption. Here is an interesting Civil Eats piece about a strategies for doing that thoughtfully.