Animal Agriculture And The Environment Essay

grasslands to provide the factory cattle with food. To keep up these grasslands, fertilizers, and other chemical materials are used. Unfortunately, because of this, soil and water resources are polluted (Russo n.pag). In an interview, Robert Martin from Yale Environment 360 explains, “There are a lot of studies that show [factory farming] contaminates the groundwater with nitrates, which can lead to very serious health consequences … In the fields around these operations, it 's also an over-application of phosphorous, which … will burn out of the soil” (n.pag). Another action that pollutes the water is the lack of manure management in factory farms (Harrigan, Davis, Jacobs, and Rose 2). In the article, Animal Agriculture and the Environment, elucidate that a majority of factory farms do not have any updated manure management plans, and seventy-two percent of those farms were not following the recent plans they had (2). The article also states that in Ohio, there were …show more content…
The opposing view also adds, that a meat-based diet provides more than enough protein and is better for a person’s health. However, this is not the case, in fact, the downfall of a the “high-protein” meat consumption is detrimental to one 's health, when consuming large amounts. Eating more protein than is needed can interfere with one’s health and fitness goals. One serious interference would be colorectal (bowel) cancer (Wyness 222). L Wyness’s article explains that in 2007 the American Institute for Cancer researchers agreed on strong evidence that red meat and processed meat had a high risk of colorectal cancer (Wyness 222). Of course, to avoid these risk there are protein plant-based replacements. In his book, The Face on Your Plate the Truth About Food, author Jeffrey M. Masson gives explanations on plant-based

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