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Book chapter - Peer-reviewed, 2023

Meat production in organic farming

Blanco Penedo, Isabel; Font-i-Furnols, Maria; Fàbrega, Emma


This book article synthesizes the scientific literature that shows the differences in the way organic meat is produced, and why these differences are important for consumer health and safety, planetary health, and the impact of climate change. The changing global narrative on livestock agriculture and climate change illustrates how organic meat production has fewer negative impacts on the off-farm environment and can help reduce the impacts of climate change by storing more carbon on pasture, reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The quality of organic products can be evaluated from a sensory point of view but quality is also related to ethical, nutritional and health, technological and food safety issues, and it is influenced by consumer perceptions, attitudes and expectations.


Meat quality; OrganicAnimal health; Beef; Broiler; Pork

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Title: Encyclopedia of Meat Sciences, 3rd edition
ISBN: 978-0-323-85198-5
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd.

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    Environmental Sciences related to Agriculture and Land-use
    Food Science

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