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January 15, 2021 - One Green Planet

How the Food We Feed Farm Animals Is Destroying the Environment

How the Food We Feed Farm Animals Is Destroying the Environment
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The sun provides energy for grass to grow, herbivores eat the grass, and carnivores eat the herbivores. This is how the most basic food cycle works, right? Right … unless the “herbivores” in this situation are actually livestock … a group of herbivores that humans have overproduced specifically for their own consumption.

Livestock can be defined as any domesticated animal that is used as a commodity for agricultural purposes. In the United States, common livestock includes cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, poultry, and fish. Over 99 percent of which are raised on factory farms for the food industry. Seeing these animals as commodities, they are mass-produced in large “highly-efficient” facilities.

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