Global food production today is a mess.
Not only do we have millions of people opposing major biotech corporations for their use and production of GMOs and pesticides (for good reasons - backed by science), we are also completely destroying our environment with intensive animal farming.
They are called feedlots, officially referred to as "Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation" (CAFO) and more commonly known as factory farms.
They house thousands of animals in horrid conditions that breed disease and massive environmental degradation. Despite this fact, they remain a non-issue to several major organizations whose job it is to raise awareness on the various issues contributing to our planet’s destruction at an exponential rate.
According to FarmForward, after examining the numbers from the U.S. Department of agriculture they determined that 99 percent of farmed animals in the U.S. are raised on feedlots.
We are talking about billions of animals raised for slaughter every year, and that is in the U.S. alone.
Globally, more than seventy billion of these animals are raised for slaughter every single year.
Here is a video to illustrate what I am talking about. This footage is from North Carolina, where there are more than 2,000 of these farms.
Did you know that the leading cause of rainforest destruction is our own food supply?
We tear them down to make room for food crops and livestock grazing, and are doing so at an approximate rate of an entire football field’s worth of forest every single second. Every single day, close to 100 plant/animal/insect species are lost because of this practice. (More facts found within the video clips below.)
Below you will see one example of what factory farming is doing to the environment. The chemicals excreted from animal waste turn the landscape into giant cesspools.
This picture comes from Mishka Henner, and you can view many more of these shocking and disturbing photos of feedlots here.
Another Important Fact About Factory Farms That Nobody Talks About
Did you know that in 2006, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization issued a report stating that the livestock business generates more greenhouse gas emissions than all forms of transportation combined?
Did you know that 51 percent (or more) of global greenhouse-gas emissions are caused by animal agriculture? (1) (2) (3) (4)
If we are talking about human activity as one (of what could be many) factors contributing to environmental destruction and global climate change, why is it that factory farming is not included?
Below are a few clips from the upcoming documentary called "Cowspiracy."
It sheds light on the modern day meat industry and its relation to climate change, as well as its detrimental effect on the Earth’s environment, in multiple ways.
It goes deeper, and provides more information on the fact that modern day meat consumption is the leading cause of environmental destruction and human induced climate change on our planet, yet we never hear about it.