The excessive waste that is produced by the animals is not handled correctly and pollutes the air and water. Nutrients and bacteria from the waste enter waterways, killing fish and shellfish and disturbing aquatic ecosystems.
Factory farming completely disregards the wellbeing of animals and the environment. Cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, etc. are kept in unimaginable conditions and are crammed together in cramped pens/cages. The waste these animals produce is enormous — it can reach rivers, streams, creeks, and even drinking water through the process of runoff. If it rains (or even if it doesn’t), the waste can seep through the ground and possibly reach a drinking aquifer. This poses an unimaginable health risk — e.coli, viruses, and other infections can result from consuming tainted water.
Since these animals are kept in such cramped living conditions and many animals aren’t fed what makes them the fattest, not what their stomachs were made to digest, they are pumped full of antibiotics to prevent infection. These antibiotics are in the meat we all eat everyday. We are eating a huge amount of chemicals along with our burger and fries. I would highly recommend watching the documentary Food Inc., or reading the books Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser and the Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan to learn more about the dangers of factory farming.
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