Environmental Implications Of Animal Agriculture

1668 Words Dec 2nd, 2014 7 Pages
In the past several years, there has been a rising shared interest in understanding where and how food is produced. Yet gradually over time, the consumer has become further and further removed from food production and agriculture. Animal agriculture, which includes livestock species (pigs, cattle, sheep, and goats) and poultry (chickens, turkeys, ducks, and geese), plays an integral part in the current food industry and yet its impact on the environment, natural resources, and on other organisms is not widely understood. With the consumption of meat worldwide drastically increasing due to readily available and affordable fast food and the overall increased standard of living, one main question to propose is whether this current production and consumption is sustainable.
Most of the general public is unaware or uninformed that the consumption and production of animal products is a major environmental issue. The few that do recognize animal agriculture as possessing important environmental implications may not even fully understand how many environmental categories it has affected or how it has become one of the main driving forces of environmental damage that raises sustainability questions for the future. It is astounding to realize a once small issue rapidly can transform into one of the major matters of sustainability. However, it is easier to understand this progression when observing how the diets of individual around the world, specifically the widely adopted Western…
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