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It isn’t only animals that suffer from factory farming. There are serious costs to human health and the world we live in.
At least half of all antibiotics sold are used on farmed animals to force quicker growth and keep them alive – they could not survive their appalling conditions without medication.
Overuse in farming is one reason why more and more humans are becoming resistant to antibiotics – our bodies become accustomed to residues of these drugs in meat and other animal products.
Animal overcrowding also helps spread infectious diseases such as BSE. These foodborne diseases can then be passed to humans.
Factory farmed chickens are restrained in cages and fed high energy foods, meaning their meat contains more fat and less protein than free range chickens.
High fat foods are linked to diabetes, obesity, cancers, heart disease and strokes.
Arsenic and other substances are sometimes added to the feed of animals that are eventually consumed by humans.
Factory farming forces animals together in unnaturally large numbers. The waste produced can cause environmental health problems.
Water The huge amounts of manure produced by factory farming can seep into human water supplies. The resulting nitrate contamination may cause greater risk of miscarriage. Heavy metals pollution is likely to affect embryonic development.
Air Decomposing manure releases chemicals. Communities near factory farms report higher than normal rates of respiratory problems, headaches, nausea and fatigue.
Soil Fertilisers and pesticides are needed to grow the huge amount of feed necessary to supply factory farms. These are linked to the worldwide loss of soil fertility.
This pollution particularly affects people living in developing countries, who are also fighting poverty.
Tell the farming industry you want food that is better for you, better for the environment and better for animals – buy and request organic and free range products.