Rabbits: Sustainable Food Source

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Are you wondering what makes rabbits the ultimate sustainable food source? Learn the hows and whys here!
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Rabbits: Sustainable Food Source?

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Sustainable food provides a number of benefits to humans, the environment, and life as a whole. On a more specific context, it improves the important aspects of life, such as the economy, health, ecology, and survival.

In these times where the economy is unstable and money is scarce, growing and raising your own food can be a great alternative to expensive food such as the preserved and/or processed variety.

Apart from this, the nutritional value of homegrown food goes straight to the body and results in an improved physical state. Utilizing sustainable food also allows you to save on grocery bills by as much as 50%.

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Rabbits, The Ultimate Self-Sustaining Food Source

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For a while, I debated which animal is best to breed for food. I considered chickens, rabbits, ducks, geese, and a few larger types like goats. After some research, I decided to go for rabbits for many reasons.

They’re very easy to feed, they breed and grow fast, and they don’t need very much space. Rabbit meat tastes very good, and rabbit fur has a lot of uses.

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Growing rabbits for meat is a very productive enterprise. When our children were small, we lived in a small town on a small property and we decided to experiment with growing NZ White rabbits for meat.

It was a great way to put meat on the table for a relatively low cost and not only is it reasonable in price, but homegrown rabbits are also delicious.

It isn’t gamey and most people say it tastes just like chicken. I think it is much nicer than chicken and a great idea for sustainable living.

This year, we decided we would get back into it. The search began for rabbits and all the accessories we need.

In this blog, I hope to outline what you need to know about rabbits, how to feed them, and the best buys for those interested in getting into small-scale rabbit production.

(The first photo shows the does corner with the middle doe due any day to have her babies and the other two with their babies. The second photo shows the buck Bobby and the last photo is a picture of 10 rabbits hanging in the shed)

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When it comes to environmental sustainability, the positive benefits of sustainable food practices are innumerable. The less you travel means less or zero fuel consumption, thereby freeing the air from pollution.

Growing a variety of vegetables and breeding animals promotes biodiversity as well as self-sufficiency. Filling containers with rainfall results to water conservation.

Creating your own compost pit stops soil degradation and you won’t need to buy fertilizers anymore.

Through gardening, sustainable vegetables and fruits are grown in an organic way which encourages the household members to eat chemical-free food products.

As a result, more nutrients enter the body to eliminate diseases and strengthen the immune system. In terms of physical activity, gardening is an opportunity for free exercise and fitness.

 

Here’s a video by Joe Robinson about inexpensive and healthy rabbit feed:

On the survival aspect, raising livestock provides food for the family without depending on supermarkets for supplies. It is a comforting thought that when SHTF, you will have your very own food source.

Rabbits, in this case, do not need too much looking after and they are notoriously prolific. You also have the option to sell the vegetables and animals you have or trade them, depending on the things that you need.

Will you consider rabbits as a sustainable food source? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in May 2015 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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25 Responses to :
Rabbits: Sustainable Food Source

  1. Sabina Kowalczyk says:

    Cats do not need too much looking after and they are notoriously prolific. Why not breed and kill cats? Maybe because more than a few people would be outraged! Well there are millions of people that have pet rabbits, and would be outraged also!! You don’t need to eat meat, or promoting for people to be raising and killing animals.

    1. Anonymous says:

      Cats don’t taste as good. However, cats are pretty decent filler for tamales.

    2. Yvonne says:

      We don’t need to breed cats, we just trap them as there is an overabundance of them in most urban and suburban areas.

    3. Anonymous says:

      Cats are delicious!

    4. Anonymous says:

      Dear Sabina. For those of us that do choose to eat meat as a source of protein & fat, does it really matter what the meat is? We shouldn’t eat cute animals? Remember the big deal hypocrites made- “Don’t eat tuna because dolphins get caught in the nets”? What about the tuna? It’s okay to kill them as long as dolphins don’t die? Why, tuna aren’t cute? I understand that this article hit a nerve, but do you realize that people have cows, goats, pigs, chickens, etc. as pets also? In India the cow is a sacred animal. Do you see them outraged and complaining about beef slaughterhouses? Protein and fat is a necessity in diet. Some of us choose to attain it by more than nuts, beans, dairy, etc. TO EACH HIS OWN!

  2. Andrew says:

    Rabbits may be sustainable, but lack certain amino acids that humans require. Not really an optimal food source. One could still starve eating rabbit.

    1. Karl says:

      Very true Its called protein starvation. Its the fats we require that isn’t there. Same with venison. Although it will take longer.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Just don’t eat rabbit every day. Rotate your days with other meats, fish & rice/vegetables.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Rabbit meat is too lean to support human life. Eat only rabbit and most fish for a year and you will be dead long before the year has ended. there is much Bad info in your article.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Here’s a better question, are Non-Vegan Humans a sustainable food source? I say hunt down you scum bags who are advocating for killing innocent creatures that pose no threat to you, and feed your carcasses to the sharks in the oceans!

    1. Non-Vegan says:

      Oh, now I get it. It’s not okay to “kill innocent creatures that pose no threat to you” for dietary food supplement that sustains life. But it is okay to “hunt down scumbags” out of hatred just because they don’t have the same ideals as you! That’s genius. Please elaborate more Mr or Mrs Vegan

    2. Sarcam And More says:

      Is it time for a little more sarcasm? 🙂 Shark meat isn’t to bad when flushed of the ammonia, this idea of yours, applied differently – such as to deal with mean spiteful/hateful people …maybe reduce prison populations… might just allow us to finally farm sharks like they do Atlantic salmon and other fish. Brilliant!! In addition shark skin can be use as sandpaper – in case you need to rub someone the wrong way…

      1. Anonymous says:

        human tastes very bad…

  6. brian s says:

    i see alot of demo/libtard responces. GO TRUMP !!!!

  7. Patrick says:

    This is a great article… Don’t worry about the comments.. I guarantee that if there was no other options – everyone would eat meat to survive… This article is about sustainability and a better source of better food that is raised in the most humane way, vice food farms that keep animals in cages. Keep posting my friend. Respectfully, The Break Away Homesteader.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Rabbits a very intelligent creatures, on par with cats and dogs. Most people never get to learn this because they keep their rabbits cooped up in a hutch and forget about them once the novelty of having a pet rabbit has worn off. They’re affectionate, playful and makes great house pets and they’re easily kitty litter trained. I really think they’re too smart to be food, they serve a much better status as companion pet so long as they live in the house with you or have a big run.

  9. Lisa says:

    Yes, my rabbits have a personality, and the babies are cute. Have you seen my arms from a teenager? I got into meat rabbits when I was $20 away from not eating. Oh sure, I even had an accounts receivable in my business, but people were’t paying. Self sufficiency is very worthwhile. Of course you cannot live only on rabbit, but they are tastier than chickens without the hormones, antibiotics, etc. Before the bleeding heart liberals pop off, walk in another’s shoes; a lean refrigerator, no $$, the general population doesn’t CARE!!

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