How does factory farmed meat affect human health?
Factory farming is a reality … sadly … but hopefully we’ll start to move away from it. Mind you, with humans voracious appetite for meat, I’m not sure it will happen in my lifetime.
In the UK there are over 800 mega farms and the biggest of these factory farms have the capacity to house more than:
- a million chickens,
- 2,000 dairy cows
- over 20,000 pigs.
Most of these animals are constantly kept inside. In fact both the chicken and pork industries are incredible intense and cruel because they are crammed in to such small spaces.
It’s not just the cruelty that these animals have to endure, but these farms can be a breeding ground for food poisoning bugs like campylobacter, E.coli and salmonella, especially in the chickens followed by the pigs.
Because the animals live so closely together diseases spread quickly which means there is a widespread use of antibiotics – in saying the the practice is dropping. Doctors are realizing that we’ve been over-exposed and the antibiotics just doesn’t cut the mustard any more.
World-wide, more antibiotics are dished out to animals than to humans. … quite bizarre – so the animal will be fit for human consumption.
Well they’re not
These animals also are fed grains that are doused in chemical pesticides and fertilizers, grown on vast amounts of land that are pushing out the wild life and putting a lot of them on the brink of extinction.
How does this equate to human health?
Apart from the fact that animal protein is not good for our health which research continues to back up, those who choose to continue eating meat are getting a lot sicker than past generations because of factory farming and the way the animals fed and housed. This makes both the animals and the humans really susceptible to diseases.
So the human health is going on a mega slide down because of the massive consumption of this meat.
It really saddens me when I see people refusing to see the overwhelming scientific and clinically back evidence that animal protein (includes all meats, fish, dairy & eggs) is not the healthy option. It seems to me that people would rather be sick and be on meds with a much lower quality of life than embrace a wholefood plant-based lifestyle.
This attitude is very obvious with my age group who are quite set in their ways – always had the meat and three veg and don’t want to change. They’d rather get just another prescription than learn how to feed themselves so they can reverse heart disease, diabetes, obesity etc.
The silly part is that not only would they have quality of life they’d live longer on a healthy vegan lifestyle.
However, I am seeing more young people taking on the vegan life, usually more because they have had their eyes opened to animal suffering, but sometimes because they don’t want to end up with dementia, heart disease, cancers etc like their grandparents, parents or older relatives.
If you do want to go vegan … then do yourself a favour and be a healthy vegan by adopting a whole-food plant base way of eating – you’ll be doing it for the animals with the bonus of giving yourself good health too.
Till next time