Effects On The Environment
Climate change represents an urgent and potentially irreversible threat to human societies and the planet. In order to combat climate change, world leaders have agreed to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius this century. This ambitious target requires countries to reduce annual emissions by about 50% between now and 2030, and to reach net zero by 2050.
Factory farming aggravates climate change
Factory farming intensifies climate change because it releases enormous volumes of greenhouse gases throughout the supply chain. Livestock farming produces 37% and 65% of our global methane and nitrous oxide emissions respectively. Both of these gases are much more potent than carbon dioxide.
Goodbye forests, hello soya
Each year, 13 billion hectares of forest area are lost due to conversion for growing crops to feed animals. This has detrimental effects on regional water availability, soil fertility and biodiversity. Converting forests and grasslands into fields for soya production releases carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases which cause climate change. It has a double impact because trees are very good at absorbing and storing carbon dioxide, so by cutting trees more carbon stays in the atmosphere.
One third of our world-wide cropland is used exclusively to feed farm animals. Around 1.3-2.0 billion tonnes of nitrous oxide come from producing feed for livestock. 90% of the global soya supply is shipped 8.000 km’s from Brasil and Argentina to feed cows, pigs and chickens. who in their digestion process alone produce between 1.6-2.7 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases each year. Instead of feeding 7,8 billion people using our fertile cropland, we deplete valuable resources such as forests, land, energy and water to feed unhealthy animals that are full of antibiotics, which are then be eaten by us.
Intensive farming contributes to almost 15 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, the world needs to shift away from a diet of animal products in order to combat the worst effects of climate change. They report that livestock factory farming contributes to almost 15 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. By disrupting factory farming, we don’t just end an unsustainable industry, we also tackle one of the world's greatest sustainability challenges.