2 Nov. 2014. The Environmental Magazine published an article about factory farming, and its impact on the environment and climate changes. While many people go uninformed animals from factory farms are major polluters emitting a large percentage of greenhouse gasses in recent years. The side effects of raising animals in factory farms for food have large impacts on the environment, and public health. With the need for more animal pastures, and grazing land deforestation is occurring globally.
The global production of meat impacts the environment directly through the release of methane from animals, release of hazardous substances in water sources from factories and the release of ammonia, dust and hydrogen sulphide in the atmosphere and indirectly through the release of excess CO2 from deforestation and the depletion of land and water resources as well as biodiversity. It is safe to assert based on the evidence provided that we are demanding too much animal produce; because of the high demand of animal produce, producers continuously have to utilize resources and therefore contribute to the destruction of the environment. For that reason, the government probably should place a restriction on the quantity of animal produce demanded and supplied or we as consumers should adapt a plant based diet or become
As the global warming becomes a much more serious problem, scientists suggest to place a tax on meat and dairy to decrease greenhouse emission. They found that raising livestock is a large source of greenhouse emission. A successful tax on these good could cut the consumption of the meat and dairy and directly reduce the greenhouse emission and improve human health. The meat and dairy business actually has negative externalities of production to the society. Negative externalities of productions arise when the production of a good spillover negative cost on a third party, which is often times the environment as whole.
Although, civilization is a good thing for humanity because agriculture is the principal way of alimentation around the world, but this has negative effects on the planet too because, to make larger communities they began to deforest large amounts of land and this is one of the main causes of the bad climate change.The change from hunter-gatherer to sedentary, made a big impact on the environment and at humans. First the process to change was little by little because nomads were learned how to live in one place and how agriculture works. In the process hunter-gatherers were discovering a lot of things such as clothes, new food, to invent new tools, to construct their
Eating Animals Foer (2009) focuses on eating animals because he feels that animal food is a problem in the world today. He supports his position with the data from the UN, WHO, CDC and other health organizations. For example, he states that animal food is the number one cause of global warming. Livestock business generates more greenhouse gases than all other forms of gases produce by the transport sector. Foer further explains that animal food is not only responsible for diseases such as bird’s flu and swine flu, but also hinders the effectiveness of antibiotics in the human body (2009).
Climate change is undeniable but what is denied by many people is the negative impact of a nightly dinner of meat and buttered vegetables. It seems hard to deny that animal agriculture plays an negative role in the environmemt when it is one of the leading greenhouse gas producers annually. Animal agriculture is one of the most significant contributors to land degradation, water pollution, and increased greenhouse gas emissions. According to the Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics, livestock production generates 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, which is more than all transportation emissions (Ilea). Due to the amount of space that are needed to produce animal products for consumption, “70 percent of agricultural land, and 30 percent of the Earth’s land surface is directly or indirectly involved in livestock production” (Ilea).
Environmental pollution made by industrial emissions has a detrimental effect on humans, animals, plants, soil, buildings and structures. It reduces the transparency of the atmosphere, increases the humidity, pollutes the water and soil and expands the diseases. In order to produce more corporation have to pollute more and buy the carbon credits from other countries. But what is the reason behind? Can corporations improve their technology?
A third solution is teaching people how to grow food in their specific environment. If hungry people could just grow their food it would be much easier. Here are some pros to this solution, It would reduce the amount of hunger in this world, it would teach other people how to care for themselves, and it would provide jobs for people who can teach others. Sadly, there are also some cons to this solution. A few of them are that farming takes up land, flying people to other parts of the world to teach them is expensive, we would have to install irrigation systems, and people may fight over farmland.
Per Journal of Animal Ethics written by Drew Leder, Leder introduces the topic of animal cruelty found in factory farms. The article discusses how the culture views these animals as “machine,” fed and breed for human consumption. Factory farms serve a purpose of providing mass-production and consumption for the food industry (Leder, 2012). There is evidence of overcrowding and animal alterations that often led to stress and other abnormal behaviors.
This also has strong repercussions at later age (Smith et al. 2010). Consequently, the importance of maintaining a healthy mucosa and a selective gut barrier is crucial for a long-life pig performance. The post-weaning syndrome is one of the main causes of economic losses associated with pig production. This situation is caused by many stress factors associated with the weaning period, such as removal from the sow, adapting to a new environment, mixing of pigs from different farms, dietary changes, and histological changes in the small intestine.