Even in the best factory-farming situations, the animals — living beings born and/or raised solely for consumption by homo sapiens — may be living a pretty good life.  But have you stopped to think about the impact all those billions of breathing, eating, pooping animals have on our surroundings?  How about our air, the land and forests that support our species, or the limited fresh water that we need to survive?

The statistics on that 4-oz. steak or glass of milk may shock you.

An extraordinary amount of energy is put into the system, resulting in very little energy [as kilocalories] in return for our bodies to process.  It may seem like efficiency is at work in factory farms, but when all factors are considered — food crops, land use, water waste, air pollution, microbial impact — all bets are off for animal consumption.

In just a few decades, we have forgotten where our food comes from, particularly of the flesh we eat and drink day in and day out.   It is no longer hunted and [otherwise] responsibly managed for millions of hungry Americans.  The unintended consequences can no longer be ignored.

Get a better grasp of the biggest victim of the meat-for-food industry — the world we all live in.

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Food Empowerment Project — FoodIsPower.org

NPR’s Salt Blog – Three Piece Series called “Meat Week” (July 2012):  1) We Evolved To Eat Meat, But How Much Is Too Much?  2)  The Making of Meat in America, and 3) A Nation of Meat-Eaters: See How It Adds Up

US Census Bureau – 2012 Statistical Abstract: Agriculture

US Environmental Protection Agency – AG101, Dairy Production

USDA – Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook 2012

Dirt! The Movie – streaming on Netflix