02 9929 4077

Level 7, 122 Walker Street
PO Box 579, North Sydney NSW 2059




02 9929 4077

02 9925 0627

ABN 24 077 883 026
Environmental Footprint

In a major study comparing the environmental burdens and resource use in production of Beef, Sheep Meat, Pig Meat, Poultry Meat, Eggs and Milk, poultry meat came up as the clear winner. The university study found that poultry meat production, in particular conventionally produced chicken which represents the overwhelming majority of chicken sold in Australia, is the most environmentally efficient, followed by pig meat and at some considerable distance sheep meat and beef.

Some summary data from the report is presented in the graphs on this page. The report itself is available form
Even though the report is dated 2006, it is only in more recent times, namely in late 2007 and early 2008 that these interesting results became more broadly known and reported in the media.

Source: Williams, A.G., Audsley, E. and Sandars, D.L. (2006) Determining the environmental burdens and resource use in the production of agricultural and horicultural commodities. Main Report. DEFRA Research Project IS0205. Bedford: Cranfield University and DEFRA. Available on (or try this direct link)

An easy way to get started...

Chook Chat
Questions and Answers
Media Releases
Chicken Recipes
Nutrition and Diet
Nutritional Database
Conventional, free-range, organic... what does it mean?
Farm Visit Video
Photo Galleries
Video Library
Podcast Library
Industry Profile - A Report
Chicken Welfare Site
Australian Chicken Meat Federation on Facebook
Subscribe to E-Updates

Copyright © 2013 Australian Chicken Meat Federation Inc.