Enough is enough



Nation of Change  How Factory Farming Contributes to Global Warming  Ronnie Cummins

Published: Monday 21 January 2013



“Today, nearly 65 billion animals worldwide, including cows, chickens and pigs, are crammed into  Confined Animal Feeding Operations[ CAFOs.] These animals are literally imprisoned and tortured in unhealthy, unsanitary and unconscionably cruel conditions. Sickness is the norm for animals who are confined rather than pastured, and who eat GMO corn and soybeans, rather than grass and forage as nature intended. To prevent the inevitable spread of disease from stress, overcrowding and lack of vitamin D, animals are fed a steady diet of antibiotics. Those antibiotics pose a direct threat to the environment when they run off into our lakes, rivers, aquifers and drinking water.”


“Opponents and skeptics will ask, “What about feeding the world?” Contrary to popular arguments, factory farming is not a cheap, efficient solution to world hunger. Feeding huge numbers of confined animals actually uses more food, in the form of grains that could feed humans, than it produces. For every 100 food calories of edible crops fed to livestock, we get back just 30 calories in the form of meat and dairy. That’s a 70-percent loss.”


Enough is enough.



EU rules ‘encouraging farmers to plough up grasslands’

Experts say farmers have begun mowing down wildlife-rich pastures so that they can continue to claim European subsidies




“Farmers are being encouraged to plough up some of the most quintessential English landscapes so that they can continue to claim European subsidies, experts have warned.”


I fear that this is the beginning of a policy that will result in nearly every square inch of unpaved grounds ploughed up to “feed the masses” in other countries.


Is this the future we want to leave for our grandchildren?  Is this all there is to life, a planet organised around the concerns of one species?  Is this “right” only because we have the power to do it?  Most dismal is the question, will you and I have an effective say on this issue?  No, not with such immense wealth and power consolidated in the hands of so few.  So we vote with our purchases.  Support small and local in every way possible.  Forget the “savings” at the supermarkets.  One, overall you are not saving.  Two, it is only on the highest volume items that there is a savings over your local shops. 


Back to ploughing up grasslands.  What about the loss of diversity and loss of health that lies in the mix of nutrients?  Why plough up nutritious pasture to plant non-nutritious monoculture and then buy fertilizer and nutrients out of a bag to help animals survive?

Please tell me what I am missing here? 

A farmer’s real wealth is in the soil, not in the price of a bale of hay.