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Do we need industrial livestock farming to feed the world?

Jul 10, 2013

Do we need industrial livestock farming to feed the world? Just the opposite!

“The best way to end factory farming is to make the system transparent and accountable, and to align agribusiness practices with our citizens’ values and interests. The cruelty of industrial animal agriculture is an affront to basic human decency. It is inefficient, unhealthy and unsustainable.

- Gene Baur

What can we do individually about it on a microscale?
● Do not eat meat seven days a week.
● Buy local organic foods.
● Buy sustainably harvested seafood.

Facts and Numbers: (Source ➜
● More than two-thirds of all agricultural land is devoted to growing feed for livestock, while only 8 percent is used to grow food for direct human consumption.
● About two to five times more grain is required to produce the same amount of calories through livestock as through direct grain consumption.
● 30 percent of the total land area of the world is used in pasture land and in the production of food for animals on a feedlot system.
● Livestock farming in the United States contributes to nearly three-quarters of all water-quality problems in the nation’s rivers and streams.
● Livestock production accounts for 18% of global greenhouse gas emissions, including 9% of carbon dioxide and 37% of methane gas emissions worldwide.

“The unnecessary torture and abuse of other animals is one of the worst human atrocities of our time. Humanity's self-aggrandizing misconception that humans rule the world with no moral responsibilities to those with whom we share this planet is reinforced by how we treat other animals, and this ironic view is facilitating destruction of the planet even for ourselves.”

- Kyle Ash