The Growth Of Factory Farming Of Livestock For Sustainable Food Sources

709 Words Nov 4th, 2015 3 Pages
With earth’s growing population more sustainable and environment friendly sources to feed the world are needed. The growth of factory farming of livestock for sustainable food sources is decimating earth’s natural resources and contributing to the destruction of earth. In the 1960’s factory farming was introduced by scientists as a way to feed earth’s growing population, eventually becoming popularized. Animals such as cows, pigs and chicken are all raised on factory farms. Factory farming of livestock is a farm on which a large number of livestock are confined indoors in conditions intended to maximize production at minimal cost. Large scale factory farms inject livestock with hormones and antibiotics to prevent disease due to crowded conditions, in return maximizing their growth and food output. Although factory farming at the moment can meet our population’s demands, these farms require many resources to run efficiently. These factory farms have devastating effect on are earth’s environment and are diminishing our natural resources. Natural Resources that are drastically reduced due to factory farming of livestock include land, water and crops. Livestock systems occupy 45% of the global surface area with a value of at least $1.4 trillion. (Thornton). Factory farming of livestock have dramatic and long lasting adverse effects on the earth. Many of earth’s environmental issues can be directly related to livestock factory farming. Where there are livestock there is waste,…

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