A world without factory farming will be one where what is ethical matters as much as what is profitable. It will be a world where everyone has enough to eat, our land and water are used wisely, we are healthier and animals are treated with kindness and respect. Factory farming can only exist while people buy its products. All of these choices add up; each of them is a step towards a cleaner, safer, healthier future for all of us.
According to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, 9 of the 12 most dangerous and persistent organic chemicals are pesticides. Known as the "pesticide trap," farmers get caught on the treadmill as they are forced to spend more on pesticides each year just to keep crop loss from pests at a standard rate.
Factory farms cram animals, such as cows, hogs and chickens, by the thousands into tightly packed, filthy, windowless sheds where they are confined to gestation crates, wire cages, barren dirt lots or other cruel confinement systems.
As PETA explains, "These animals will never raise their families, root around in the soil, build nests, or do anything that is natural and important to them. The United States is losing soil 10 times faster -- and China and India are losing soil 30 to 40 times faster -- than the natural replenishment rate.
Soil erosion also reduces the ability of soil to store water and support plant growth, thereby reducing its ability to support biodiversity. Erosion promotes critical losses of water, nutrients, soil organic matter and soil biota, harming forests, rangeland and natural ecosystems.
Erosion increases the amount of dust carried by wind, which not only acts as an abrasive and air pollutant but also carries about 20 human infectious disease organisms, including anthrax and tuberculosis. According to the study"With the average yield ratios, we modeled the global food supply that could be grown organically on the current agricultural land base.
Model estimates indicate that organic methods could produce enough food on a global per capita basis to sustain the current human population, and potentially an even larger population, without increasing the agricultural land base and while reducing the detrimental environmental impacts of conventional agriculture.Intensive farming involves various types of agriculture with higher levels of input and output per cubic unit of agricultural land area.
It is characterized by a low fallow ratio, higher use of inputs such as capital and labour, and higher crop yields per cubic unit land area.
This contrasts with traditional agriculture, in which the inputs per unit land are lower. Overall, it looks like the future of factory farming may indeed be bright, so long as we, as consumers, use our dollars consciously and opt for the more humane products that are becoming. Nov 15, · Jacy Reese thinks that someday, we’ll look back on factory farming as one of the greatest moral mistakes in history.
I talked with Reese about his vision for . The Leafy Green Machine ™ is a complete vertical hydroponic farming system inside a 40' shipping container. The LGM™ is capable of growing lettuces, herbs, and hearty greens at commercial scale in any climate or location.
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Intensive animal farming or industrial livestock production, also known as factory farming, is a production approach towards farm animals in order to maximize production .
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