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How Factory Farming Harms People, Planet and Animals

Humans the cause and the solution

People say the planet will survive us - but the harm we’ve done requires human intervention if life is to continue on Earth.

Humans have significantly altered nature across the globe for the worse


Ecology is about how the world works, the interdependence between people and the natural world, as well the consequences of human activity on the environment The Intergovernmental Science Policy Platform on Biodiversity Ecosystem Services (an independent intergovernmental body, with 130 member states) Its 2019 report shows human actions have now significantly altered nature across the globe :

  • 75 of the land based environment and about 66 of the marine environment have been significantly altered
  • Over 33 of the world’s land surface and nearly 75 of freshwater resources are now devoted to crop or livestock production

Animal agriculture creates 64 of man made ammonia emissions This contributes to acid rain/acidification of ecosystems (UN Food Agriculture Organisation 2006) Acid rain effects aquatic environments by increasing aluminium absorption from soil The water becomes toxic to some aquatic animals and others in the food chain Soil is robbed of essential nutrients which makes it hard for trees to absorb water Humans can experience asthma and eye irritation as a result of acid rain in inhaled fog.

Serious impact upon all animal species

52% of the world’s wildlife species disappeared in just e.g. whaling has devasted populations Source: World Wildlife Fund (1970-2010)

69% average decline in wildlife populations since 1970

  • Wildlife populations in Latin America and the Caribbean plummeting at a staggering rate of 94%
  • Freshwater species populations have suffered an 83% fall
  • The report’s Living Planet Index shows that there is no time to lose in securing a nature-positive society
🔗Source:Living Planet Report 2022 - WWF

There have been 4 or 5 major extinctions (defined as the loss of at least 75 of species within a geologically short time period) in the Earth’s history most caused by CO 2 increase, 1 by an asteroid Many scientists consider we are now in the 6th mass extinction of life to occur in the Earth’s 4 5 billion year history caused by the climate crisis, destruction of wild habitat for animal farming, logging and development

According to a UN report on biodiversity in 2019 over 1 million species face extinction including : 40% of amphibian species,  33% of reef forming corals, over 33% of all marine  mammals
🔗Source: UN Report: Nature’s Dangerous Decline ‘Unprecedented’; Species Extinction Rates ‘Accelerating’
Climate change, habitat loss, pesticides, pollution disease are also threatening bees A UN report states that 1/3 of plant products eaten/used by humans rely on bee pollination directly or indirectly This includes potatoes, apples, cotton, vegetable cooking oils, tea and many crops used to feed farmed animals.
Over 40 of insect species are threatened with extinction driven mainly by habitat being lost due to intensive agriculture Agro chemical pollutants, invasive species and climate change are additional causes. ( April 2019)

The Heavy Presence Human

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🔗Source: The biomass distribution on Earth 2017

“We produce enough calories to feed 10-11 billion people worldwide but, the majority of this food goes to feed livestock, not hungry people” (One green planet 2017).

Excessive conversion of forests - that are rich in diverse species - to pastureland for grazing that does not support diverse ecosystems significantly reduces the biodiversity (number of species) - on which the planet depends

“We already produce enough to feed the world. It’s overconsumption – especially of animal protein by the global middle class, inequality, waste and inadequate production/distribution systems - that stands in the way of enough food for everyone and space for wildlife. To feed the world in a way our one planet can sustain, we need to consume and produce food differently”
🔗Source: Appetite for destruction Summary Report World Wide Fund for Nature 2017

Emissions and resources uses included or excluded by supply chain stage

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“A vegan diet is probably the single biggest way to reduce your impact on planet Earth, not just greenhouse gases but global acidification, eutrophication, land and water us
🔗Source: Reducing food’s environmental impacts through producers and consumers - resources
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