Most of today’s meat products come from large industrial factories, not family farms with green pastures and red barns that most people imagine. These factory-farmed animals never touch soil, see sunlight, or experience fresh air. Not only does this cause immeasurable suffering to the animals, but we also pay for this cruelty with our health and the destruction of our environment.
Every year, over 10 billion animals are born into suffering and subjected to animal cruelty through the animal factory system.
Unhealthy and mistreated animals make unhealthy food that account for significant percentage of all food-borne illnesses.
80% of all antibiotics sold in the U.S. each year—about 30 million pounds—are marketed for animals to prevent infections. If meat is not labeled organic, chances are it was fed antibiotics.
The overuse of antibiotics creates antibiotic resistant bacteria. The antibiotic resistant bacteria can travel through our food and water supply. Almost half of all U.S. streams contain traces of them.
Animal waste creates methane, a greenhouse gas. 30% of California’s methane emissions come from animal waste alone.
Factory farm workers routinely inhale dangerous levels of air pollution. 70% of pig factory farm workers experience one or more symptoms of respiratory irritation or illness.
If you are a meat eater, it is critical that you choose certified organic, grass fed meat and dairy that has been independently certified, such as with the Certified Humane and Animal Welfare Approved label. If your store or favorite restaurant doesn’t offer organic options, ask them to.
Explore eating less meat (or going vegetarian or vegan), and begin supplementing more plant-based proteins into your diet like nuts and seeds, legumes and whole grains.