Persuasive Essay On Animal Food

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The Meat That You Eat The average American will consume one calf, eleven cows, 1,096 chickens, and 15,655 chicken eggs in his or her lifetime (Catalano). It is, for some odd reason, fairly easy for people to see animals in their diet as different from the animals that they have as pets. However, due to recent outings of companies such as Tyson Foods, INC. that included video footage, people have begun to actually think about the meat that they eat. Consumers saw the way that animals are treated, and killed before appearing on their dinner plates, and were mortified. The modern method of raising farm animals is referred to as “factory farming”(Patterson). Factory farming, in addition to being immensely inhumane, can be just as detrimental …show more content…
Virtually 100% of poultry, 90% of pigs and calves, and 60% of cattle receive antibacterial additives to their feed (Catalano). Genetic engineering and diet alterations can be very destructive, leading to an abundance of health issues, and in some cases even death. The amount of veal consumption in the United States has shown a decrease of around 2 pounds in the time frame from 1996 to 2014 (Kronsberg). This is a positive change, however, some may still be ignorant to the fact that veal comes from the meat of baby calves, who, unfortunately, seem to receive the worst treatment out of all farm animals. In order to ensure that the flesh of a calf stays white, their iron intake is decreased substantially. These low iron levels exhibit a profuse amount of anemia in calves (Catalano). Anemia is a threatening condition in which the blood in the calves body does not contain enough healthy red blood cells. Ultimately these high levels of anemia lead to the death of large amounts of calves (Catalano). Regrettably, calves are not the only animals that must withstand genetic …show more content…
The industrialization of agriculture has shown many repercussions to the environment, in addition to everything else. For starters, runoff from factory farming can lead to an overabundance in algae, which can cause massive fish kills. Also, the amount of forests cleared in order to make farm fields in America exceeds 260 million acres. If all of that was not bad enough, modern food production exhausts nearly 70% of global freshwater supplies (Good). Meanwhile, nearly 663 million people globally do not have access to safe, drinkable water (“The”). Industrial agriculture emanates 37% of all methane emissions in the atmosphere, and the processing of food is responsible for 1/3 of all global greenhouse emissions (Good). Factory farming is tarnishing the planet along with the animals. It is scientifically agreed that factory farming is the largest contribution to global warming (“Ending”). The idea that simply eating food can be detrimental to the Earth, is a very scary idea. As quoted in the New York Times, “If Americans were to reduce meat consumption by just 20%, it would be as if we all switched from a standard sedan- a camry say- to the ultra-efficient Prius”

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