And according to a Reuter’s article, the researchers took measures to ensure the animals were the positive variable.
While the benefits of Animal Assisted Therapy has been noted in cat and dog care for some time, this is the first study to chart it in farm animals. This idea of Green Care farming has taken hold in Norway where it’s now part of a Ministry of Agriculture and Food program. For those who speak Norwegian, this site lists the participating farmers.
As experts on the green movement, we’re willing to go out on a limb and extrapolate the results to say they likely apply to all of us. We could all use some more farm time.
Story by Victoria Schlesinger. This article originally appeared in Plenty in April 2008. The story was added to MNN.com in July 2009.
Copyright Environ Press 2008