In light of the urgent need to address climate change and promote sustainable practices in agriculture and other sectors, there is a growing realization that our food choices matter. Some people believe that switching from beef to chicken sufficiently addresses climate concerns when it comes to diet, but when compared to non-meat sources of protein, chicken production is still the source of significantly more greenhouse gas emissions. 

Plus, switching from the highest carbon meats to slightly lower carbon alternatives (from beef to chicken, for example) does not address the ethical dilemma of factory farming. In the end, raising animals at such a large scale poses significant problems, not least of which is the perpetuation of the danger of the spread of zoonotic disease, as we’re seeing with bird flu once again. And, of course, factory farming supports the food system status quo of massive animal suffering.