What is the relationship between animal welfare, human welfare, local economic development and buying locally? It is deep and binding, if you read the attached article entitled, What you Get When you Mix Chickens, China and Climate Change. George Monbiot in this argument, talks about how reducing human consumption for meat will make an invaluable contribution to reducing human induced impasts on our climate. And In an article a few years ago, my colleague Lenore Newman and I argued for an optimal scale to human activities, not a maximum.
I am often asked my hierarchy when buying food for my family--it is simply, buy local always first for my own community's vitality; buy local and seasonal second; buy local and seasonal and organic third, and the animal suffering involved with this scale of operations makes it even more imperative.