Animal-based industrial agriculture generates harmful environmental and public health impacts that have long-term repercussions. Not only does factory farming mean horrific living conditions for animals but it also causes a high concentration of animal waste to be released into the atmosphere, contributing to air pollution. Animal agriculture is also more wasteful than other forms of food production because it takes significantly more grain to feed livestock for meat production than it would for us to eat the grains directly.
According to a report published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information, industrial animal agriculture “consumes fossil fuel, water, and topsoil at unsustainable rates.” As a result, it contributes to air pollution, water degradation, and soil depletion. Not what we want to hear considering California is now entering its fourth year of severe drought (just a drought State of Emergency, NBD).
Livestock eat a lot of crops – and those crops need water. According to a report published by the New York Times, 1.75 ounces of beef requires 86 gallons of water to produce. Newsweek suggests that the meat industry creates such a high demand for water that if every American eliminate