Factory farming is unsustainable. Factory farming is everywhere. Alanna Ketler.
Factory farming is unsustainable, with overcrowded farms overwhelming local ecosystems, leading to depletion of natural resources. on. These farms focus on profit and efficiency over the well being of their animals. By. A factory farm is a large, industrial farm that raises huge numbers of animals for food. What is animal factory farming? March 4, 2013.
Environmental impacts of factory farming. Factory farms that raise cows for beef and dairy are extremely detrimental to the environment and human health in communities surrounding the farms. Factory farming has devastating effects on wildlife, says Philip Lymbery, director of UK-based Compassion in World Farming. Factory farming accounts for 37% of methane (CH4) emissions, which has more than 20 times the global warming potential of CO2. That cereal would be enough to feed about three billion people. Factory farming is poisoning the air. This means unused or under-utilized lands could be converted into factory farms to help increase global food production capabilities.
But factory farming comes at a cost. Introduction: the environmental costs of factory farming 5 2. 7 years ago. That is why factory farming is often seen as a potential solution to a hunger crisis that may occur in the future. At a time when globally, nearly 1 billion people are suffering from malnutrition, one third of the world's edible cereal harvest is being fed to farm animals. Factory farms use more food than they produce, which leaves less food for everyone else. Factory Farming and the Environment With more than nine billion animals raised and slaughtered for human consumption each year in the U.S. alone, modern animal agriculture puts an incredible strain on natural resources such as land, water, and fossil fuel. Turning Farm Workers Into Farmers. At any given moment, there are approximately 1.5 billion cows on farms around the world. Larger farms are more resilient to changes in the environment, water access, or geographical locations. These intensive systems put production above all else, creating vast quantities of seemingly cheap meat, milk and eggs. In California, near immense industrial farms, small plots are rented out to field laborers so they can try to create their own farm businesses. Methane itself is far more destructive to the atmosphere than carbon dioxide. Around two in every three farm animals are factory farmed (that’s over 50 billion every year!). The need to grow large amounts of high-energy feed leads to increasing deforestation and soil erosion; and the pollution of water, soil and air by agrochemicals and manure waste is already a huge concern. In fact, over 37% of global methane emissions come from factory farming. The result being horrible living conditions for the animals. 6 2.1 Crowds of animals 6 2.2 Chickens 8 2.3 Pigs 9 2.4 Dairy cows and beef cattle 11 2.5 Sheep 13 3. 5. A factory farm can be established almost anywhere.  Manure can also contain traces of salt and heavy metals, which can end up in bodies of water and accumulate in the sediment, concentrating as they move up the food chain. Mostly, this is thanks to methane gasses produced by cows. Factory Farming Is Destroying Our Environment. Factory Farming and the Environment Summary of report and conclusions 4 1.
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