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Factory Farming Aids World Hunger? (VIDEO)

Factory Farming Aids World Hunger? (VIDEO)

Taking chickens out of cages or putting cattle back in pastures won’t make food shortages or world hunger worse.

Cattle are meant to eat grass, which humans can’t eat. And currently, 98% of soy production goes to feed livestock. It takes between six and 26 calories of food to produce one calorie of meat. Think what a reduction in meat eating could do for world hunger?

As for the environment, if we remove one serving of meat across America, it’s equivalent to taking 5 million cars off the road!

These are a few of the startling facts from a very topical talk by Jonathan Safran Foer, author of Eating Animals. Let us know what you think.

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11:56PM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

Thanks

7:13AM PDT on Jul 30, 2011

Great speech! We all know deep down it's wrong to have factory farms yet some of us choose to ignore that feeling. I'm glad that more people are becoming aware of the gross negligence of factory farms, and the ones who pay for that negligence are the consumers and our families. As consumers we have a choice, like he said, we can demand a change in the agricultural/farming sector. Eating less meat is more beneficial for our bodies anyway. Our ancestors did not eat anywhere near as much meat as we do now. They ate mostly vegetables, with meat on occasion. In nature, omnivores are more opportunistic eaters, which is what humans are. If we were meant to be strictly carnivores or more carnivorous, we would have been engineered for a life of pure protein. People are surprised by the high rate of heart disease, and heart surgeries in the U.S. They shouldn't be. Our diet is a clear sign of what is wrong with our current eating habits.

1:05AM PDT on Sep 21, 2010

bad idea

9:40AM PDT on Sep 18, 2010

The sooner we learn that factory farming is only good for the corporations that own them, the healthier we will be. Good food only seems to cost more- when the tax payers stop subsidizing the big argri businesses, you will see the true cost of food. Not to mention what the medical and health care costs that are related to eating this crap. Eat organic, humane and local.

7:01AM PDT on Sep 18, 2010

Factory farming just isn't how it's supposed to be. Between the condition that our livestock is kept in, their un-nutricious feed and the genetically-modified seeds that grow our crops, its no wonder we are buckling under the burden of widespread ill health.
I hope awareness of the facts of how our food is produced (more so in the US than some other countries sadly),brings about healthful changes and a back to certain basics.
I know that many innovations came about initially to help farmers with natural pests & whatnot that destroyed crops and help farmers, but enough is enough.

5:12AM PDT on Sep 18, 2010

It feels OK to be vegetarian!

8:47PM PDT on Sep 17, 2010

Factory farming is a poor idea.

3:14PM PDT on Sep 17, 2010

factory farming and MONSANTO to me go hand in hand. we get lied to continuosly about how things really stand, it has nothing to do with world hunger, and yes in certain countries we who eat meat eat geneticly ingeneered corn and soy (ready round up ehmm delicious!!!) big cooperation and gov. together is where the lies come from.
look up you tube the world according to monsanto, it is an eye opener.
yegeterians or not we are all together in this one!

2:43PM PDT on Sep 17, 2010

This is a great introduction to the full speech and it is great to encourage cage free farming. I'm very amused that meat eaters eat far more soy than vegetarians, I can't believe I never thought of such a valid point!

8:52PM PDT on Sep 16, 2010

factory farms should be banned, made illegal

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