Rabbits are the New Chickens

Why rabbit is the most sustainable meat for the city farmer.*

By now we all know that eating a lot of meat - especially factory-farmed meat - isn't very good for the planet. Fortunately for meat eaters, some meats are more sustainable than others. And as it turns out, rabbit is one of the healthiest, leanest, and most environmentally friendly meats you can eat.

According to Slow Food USA, "Rabbit can produce six pounds of meat on the same amount of feed and water it takes a cow to produce just one pound.

- It is one of the best white meats available today. * USDA
- It is high in easily digestible protein (28g per 3oz. serving).
- It contains the least amount of fat among all the available meats.
- The calories in rabbit meat is lower (147calories per serving) than other meats.
- The meat is white and tender, with a mild flavor. It is comparable to chicken but not identical.
- Rabbit meat is low in sodium, high in calcium and phosphorus.

Mark Pasternak of the famed Devil's Gulch Ranch explains, 'If you are already raising chickens-raising rabbits on a small-scale would be really easy." He suggests that the average DIY farmer should start out with one male (buck) and three does (female). With three does, Pasternak reckons you could supply yourself with a substantial supply of meat over a year.

The youtube clip gives you a tour of my small backyard rabbitry. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to share them with me here.

* excerpt from a recent articlie posted on Good.is