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7 Reasons Not to Eat Factory-Farmed Food

For the Earth

Our readers probably already know this, but meat and dairy production are greenhouse gas culprits—even more so than flying. There’s also the issue of the basically-unregulated sludge and other pollution that factory farms get to release into the environment.

For the Local Economy

As I’ve pointed out before, when you buy from a national chain—and for this purpose, factory-farmed food is no different than, say, Barnes & Noble—the community keeps $4.30 for every $10 spent. When you buy local (from your farmer’s market, for example, or local natural foods store), $6.80 will stay in the community. Plus, supporting local farms will probably mean supporting more green space and healthier land in your community, which means a healthier lifestyle overall.

Salmonella, Avian Flu, and Swine Flu

(Different reasons, same underlying problem.) This summer’s egg recall is the most obvious example: the overcrowded, unsanitary conditions on factory farms lead to disease. The H1N1 virus is also affiliated with factory farm conditions, as is swine flu.

Sensing a pattern here? Just some food for thought as you put your next grocery list together.

Related:
Factory Farming 101
7 Reasons to Grow Your Own Food
Resolve to Support a Healthier Food System
Join a CSA To Go Sustainable

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5:46PM PDT on May 28, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

1:04AM PDT on Oct 23, 2012

Thanks for sharing advise.

1:00AM PDT on Oct 23, 2012

Thanks.

1:39AM PST on Jan 9, 2012

Thank you

5:38PM PST on Jan 3, 2012

Great article! Thanks

9:44PM PST on Nov 18, 2011

Gee Monica, the photo of the chunk of corpse on the link you provided is enough to make people become vegetarian.
I'm vegan and the sight of that made me nauseous, so did the article. There is no such thing as "humane" or "ethical" meat. There is NOTHING "humane" about murdering animals. The article merely promotes the oppression, exploitation, suffering and murder of animals just to end up on the plates of those who choose to eat their corpses. The author emits ignorance right to her last line: "You can remain in the rabbit hole and keep eating your salad". She obviously was never a vegetarian, or at least not a well informed vegetarian, and she obviously lacks compassion as well as concerns for the abundance of resources needed/wasted in animal agriculture. That article may have actually made more people become vegetarian/vegan.

Don't buy into the humane myth:

www.humanemyth.org

7:29AM PDT on May 27, 2011

ahh! people are reading this and talking about going vegetarian! read this and instead support small local farms that make tasty ethical meat! http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cif-green/2011/jan/19/vegetarian-animal-cruelty-meat

3:23PM PDT on May 6, 2011

Great article! Thanks.

12:56PM PDT on May 3, 2011

they factory farm plants too huh? what environmental effects it has? some people(i think) do not believe forests get torn down to grow veggies. or so they make me believe they do

8:17PM PST on Dec 12, 2010

I grew up on a farm. We grew tomatoes, potatoes, butterbeans, green beans. There's nothing better than a tomato that you wash off with the garden hose and eat right there in the yard, while it's still hot from the sun.

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