The High Price of Cheap Meat: The Damaging Effects of Factory Farming

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"I have no doubt that it is a part of the destiny of the human race, in its gradual improvement, to leave off eating animals."

Henry David Thoreau

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"Perhaps in the back of our minds we already understand, without all the science... that something terribly wrong is happening. Our substance now comes from misery. We know that if someone offers to show us a film on how our meat is produced, it will be a horror film. We perhaps know more than we care to admit, keeping it down in the dark places of our memory—disavowed. When we eat factory-farmed meat we live, literally, on tortured flesh. Increasingly, that tortured flesh is becoming our own."

Jonathan Safran Foer

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"A man can be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite. And to act so is immoral."

Leo Tolstoy

The Environment

The factory farming industry is one of the biggest strains on our planet. It pollutes our air and water, contributes to global warming, and wastes huge amounts of vital resources like land and water. Unfortunately, the private profit-seeking of factory farm corporations leads to damaging of public goods that we all use and need. This is where a lot of the hidden costs of industrial farming lies—its heavy taxes on our environment.

Listen to Dr. Mark Graham and Dr. Brett Wilmot overview the many environmentally damaging effects of this unsustainable practice, or scroll down for more detailed info.

 

Air Pollution

C02 Emissions- Livestock

Water Pollution

Waste of Water

It takes 1,799 gallons of water to produce 1 single pound of bee.f (National Geographic)

Waste of Fossil Fuels

Waste of Land