Factory Farming Evils

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Factory farming is unsustainable and destroying the environment. For approximately the last 40 - 50 years, factory farming practices in America have been using any means necessary to supply the outrageous demand for meat. What once started as a small industry made up of individual farms has turned into a multi-billion dollar business at the cost of people’s health and the environment. These corporations bypass any concern for the damage they are creating by worshipping the almighty dollar. This is not only a problem in the U.S.A., but also in other developed nations that have fallen into the factory farming business. Many people never think about where their food comes from because by the time it reaches them, it is neatly packaged in a store …show more content…
There are so many dangers to the environment due to factory farming that I’m just going to point out a few I find very important. First off, looking at studies from environmental researchers we have found that: “According to a 2006 report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), animal agriculture is responsible for 18 percent of all human-induced greenhouse gas emissions, including 37 percent of methane emissions and 65 percent of nitrous oxide emissions. The methane releases from billions of imprisoned animals on factory farms are 70 times more damaging per ton to the earth’s atmosphere than CO2.” (Cummins, Ronnie. “How Factory Farming Contributes to Global Warming” www.ecowatch.com ) To put it simply, we have overproduced animals by such an amount that their emissions and waste are literally poisoning the air and water we need to survive. Nature never intended to have so many animals in large concentrations destroying the ecosystem in this way. If animals were left to their own devices, they would naturally regulate the cycle of life and death and their manure could actually help improve the soil. If that’s not scary enough, let’s look at the fact that having thousands of animals cramped together unnaturally in cages and confined …show more content…
If factory farms were taken down, not only would many animals die off over a short period of time; thus not causing the supposed overpopulation, but we would immediately start undoing some of the damage that’s been done. If people would still like to purchase meat products, then we need to go about it differently. If we allowed only smaller operations such as farms to raise animals for slaughter, things would be much different. There would still have to be strict guidelines on those farms as far as the number of animals and the conditions in which they are kept and fed for there to be real change. Humans are never going to completely stop eating meat as far as I can see, so the least we can do is drastically change the system so that we’re not hurting our planet or ourselves. With the recent announcement by the World Health Organization confirming what we all should have known already; it clearly states that consumption of meat and especially processed meat products is detrimental to one’s health. It goes without saying that unfortunately many people don’t care about the health ramifications of their choices, but maybe one day we will think of someone other than ourselves. Hopefully this gives people insight into what we’re doing to the environment and that there are

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