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How the Meat Industry is Ruining the World

Factory farming and its effects on the environment
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Marissa Griesmar

on 1 May 2013

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Transcript of How the Meat Industry is Ruining the World

photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli Marissa Griesmar How the Meat Industry is Ruining the World What is factory farming? A factory farm is a large, industrial operation that raises large numbers of animals for food.

Over 99% of farm animals in the U.S. are raised in factory farms, which focus on profit and efficiency at the expense of the animals’ welfare, the environment, and our health. Wasting Resources Crops: Animals eat large quantities of grain, soybeans, oats, and corn, they only produce comparatively small amounts of meat, dairy products, or eggs in return. It takes up to 13 pounds of grain to produce just 1 pound of meat.
Water: Watering the crops that animals eat, providing drinking water, and cleaning away the filth in factory farms, trucks, and slaughterhouses. Nearly half of all the water used in the U.S. goes to raising animals.
Fossil Fuels: It takes more than 11 times as much fossil fuel to make one calorie from animal protein as it does to make one calorie from plant protein.
Land: Raising animals for food uses 30% of the Earth's land mass. More than 260 million acres of U.S. forest have been cleared to create cropland to grow grain to feed farmed animals... the equivalent of seven football fields of land is bulldozed worldwide every minute to create more room for farmed animals. Species Extinction In the United States, grazing has contributed to the demise of 26% of federal threatened and endangered species.

Countless acres of rainforest have been destroyed to create land for cattle grazing.

It is estimated that for each hamburger made from rainforest beef, members of life forms from approximately 20 to 30 different plant species, 100 different insect species, and dozens of bird, mammals, and reptile species are destroyed. Polluting the Environment Global Warming A groundbreaking 2006 United Nations report found that raising animals for food generates more greenhouse gases than all the cars and trucks in the world combined.

Greenhouse gases trap in the Earth's heat causing global warming and climate change.

Manure, deforestation, synthetic fertilizer, and burning fossil fuels all release greenhouse gases. Solution Becoming vegetarian is one of the most important and effective actions you can take to ease the strain on our Earth's limited resources, protect the planet from pollution, prevent global warming, and save countless species from extinction.
Reduce intake (especially beef).
Know where your meat comes from. Factory Farming is bad for the environment Wastes resources
Causes species extinction
Pollutes the environment
Contributes to global warming Animals raised for food in the U.S. produce far more excrement than the entire U.S. human population, roughly 89,000 pounds per second, all without the benefit of waste-treatment systems.
There are no meaningful federal guidelines that regulate how factory farms treat, store, and dispose of the trillions of pounds of concentrated, untreated animal excrement that they produce each year. This waste may be left to rot in huge lagoons or sprayed over crop fields; both of these disposal methods result in runoff that contaminates the soil and water and kills fish and other wildlife.
Chicken, hog, and cattle excrement has polluted 35,000 miles of rivers in 22 states and contaminated groundwater in 17 states. When 25 million gallons of putrid hog urine and feces spilled into a North Carolina river in 1995, between 10 million and 14 million fish died as an immediate result. Sources PETA. Meat production wastes natural resources. Retrieved from http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-food/meat-wastes-natural-resources.aspx

Choose Veg. How every bite effects mother nature. Retrieved from http://www.chooseveg.com/environment.asp Counterarguments Boycotting factory farming will lead to unemployment
Low skill level
Labor laws
Cattle ranchers can stay in business by altering their methods
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