Do you think factory farming will ever end?Watch
Also do you think that in 100 or 200 years time we'll look back on the way we treat animals now in the same way we now look back on the slave trade?
The truth is that world populations will eventually be the death of all of us. Currently the only ones who die are generally in the vast plains of Africa or poor areas of Asia and South America. We have charities but essentially we choose for them to die and why? Because if those people had the same level of social and economic development as the developed western world, then the resources of planet earth would not sustain us all. We choose to let them suffer and die to save US from a worse situation.
They are outside,we are inside where its warm and safe.
The Capitalist system demands factory farming and mass production. We throw millions of tons of food away each day to support supermarkets and their just in time source to sale business model. We dont give the food to the starving because that would undermine price. We let them starve and die instead.
The future for food is a move to growing animal tissue for consumption on massive laboratories in the same way as we now grow fruit and veg hydroponically in massive polytunnel developments.
after world population growth defeats that strategy..well we may start to eat eachother or maybe pelletised space age type nutrition will have come on stream and the actual taste of good quality food will be long forgotten.
Tasty food may become a luxury, that people do once in a while for fun, just like how we go to movies once in a while, etc, instead of out of necessity.
I think we could build a strong case for cannibalism. Whats the point of planting carcasses in the ground to rot? either fillet them or feed them into power stations to generate energy.
I think both of those are a little too close to home. I'd be okay with using them for fertiliser, though.
Clear the cemeteries,ban burials and feed them all into power stations .
Think how much real estate could be cleared and how much power could be generated.
No it won't end because food is only going to get more scarce, unless we can make this artificial meat thing cost-effective. I don't really care about the animals personally but I don't want to have to eat animals that have been fed on their friends' prion-filled head cheese and bulked out with pond water. That's the main reason I'm very wary of the US-Europe trade deal, I don't want to have to eat the absolute crap they have to eat.
you done put me off my Cheeseburger Royale
The general trend in developed countries is consumption of meat is on the decline, in countries such as Norway and Sweden less than half of households consume meat and many of the meat consuming households have reduced their overall consumption of meat many only have it for special occasions and just as many consume very little on a daily basis, even the military in Norway has started switching to 100% vegetarian diet only.
There are good opportunities to further develop industrial farming to be humane and environmentally friendly though as they do make good exports and the consumption of meat regardless of what PETA thinks would continue elsewhere in the world and is likely to increase as many developing countries become more wealthier and could afford to buy more meat.
I like to think I'm at least helping the world a little bit by being a vegetarian and therefore not contributing any money towards factory farming.
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