Factory farming and meat consumption

“Farm animals gobble more than a third of the world’s supply of arable harvests and they waste most of this as faeces and heat. If your aim is to provide adequate nutrition for the world’s billions, the fewer factory farms the better. By contrast, traditional systems let ruminants graze on grass while pigs and chickens snaffle up leftovers and forage, thus increasing, rather than decreasing, total food availability. Factory farming may also have helped to breed strains of superbugs that medicine cannot defeat because farm animals have been routinely fed antibiotics merely to increase their growth rate.”

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“Lymbery rightly focuses on how much meat we eat: on average, in rich countries we eat two to three times more than is recommended. But the other side of the equation is how many people there are in the first place. When is population going to become an accepted part of the food debate? If it’s fine to encourage people to think about halving their meat consumption, can we really not cope with a conversation about how many children we have?”

Tristram Stuart, Farmageddon: The True Cost of Cheap Meat by Philip Lymbery – review

I hate factory farming. It’s bad for the animals and it’s also bad for those who eat them. So why do we continue with this ludicrous activity?

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