Factory Farming Is Destroying The Ozone Layer

by | January 5, 2018

No, it’s not a myth. This is a cold hard fact. Factory farming is destroying the ozone layer.

By now everyone is aware of climate change and the ozone layer. Humans have irreparably damaged it and the Earth is suffering. It poses a huge and very real threat to humans, animals, and the environment. The way we are living now is not sustainable and one of the main contributors to greenhouse gasses is factory farms.

We rely on the environment for everything. From the food we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe to where we have our homes and lives. There is no getting away from it. We only have one planet and we as humans are collectively destroying our one most valuable resource.

Factory farming involves large-scale operations, sometimes housing thousands of animals and they can create a huge pollution problem. The waste runoff from these farms can get into the waterways and contaminate it with such large quantities of nitrogen it creates ‘dead zones’ where life is no longer sustainable. This means entire ecosystems are effectively wiped out. We could be losing many species of marine life without even knowing it.

The amount of methane produced by factory farming is astronomical, and studies have shown that cows, on average, produce more methane than cars daily. Cattle in the USA produce 7.9% of methane emissions. This number has grown by 143% over the last two centuries. It’s a well-known fact that carbon dioxide is responsible for global warming. However, methane is more than 20 times more effective at trapping heat in the atmosphere.

With the levels of methane being produced and the size of factory farming growing exponentially over the last few decades, a quick fix is no longer on the cards. What is needed to help reduce the number of greenhouse gasses being produced is for people to move away from the use of animal products and adopt a more plant-based lifestyle.

 

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