Beef from your backyard? Try edamame instead.
Having hens in the backyard is becoming a trendy hobby, but scientists found that city dwellers can grow a significant amount of their own protein. This has many benefits including being more self-sufficient, which is particularly important during a pandemic or other crisis that affects supply chains.
Even city dwellers can raise chickens or rabbits in their backyard and this can offset protein consumption up to 50%, according to latest research. Rabbits can even act as lawnmowers before they end up on your plate.
The easiest and most efficient way to grow protein in a city is to grow soybeans for use as a dry bean or as fresh edamame. Soybeans in the backyard garden can provide up to 160% of household demand for protein. You can diversify and grow other pulses. Try pole beans and soup peas. By growing these on trellises, you can provide a lot of high-quality protein in little space without the complications of livestock.
The production of high-protein foods, from beef to soybeans, can have a significant environmental impact including the release of greenhouse gases and loss of biodiversity when wild land is converted to cropland. Growing your own protein is one way to reduce the environmental impact of your diet!