Farm-ageddon: No birds. No bees. Our countryside laid waste. And billions of animals that never see a blade of grass – book warns of terrifying threat from today’s mega-farms

Because I believe this industrialised farming, which treats the delicate art of working the land and rearing animals in the same way as making widgets or rubber tyres, is a disaster. A ‘farmageddon’ no less.

In my investigations of places around the world where such dubious systems are already well established, I saw barren landscapes devoid of anything living except the animal or crop at the centre of the operation. In California, I saw farmers importing hives of bees by the truckload to pollinate their crops because the chemical sprays and fertilisers they used had wiped out all the wild ones.

Every year, it costs them £150 million for 40 billion bees to do what is required on 60  million almond trees — yet another sign of how nature’s support systems are breaking down in the wake of unsustainable farming techniques.

I saw beaches in Brittany clogged by a green tide of noxious seaweed created by the waste of 14 million pigs pouring into rivers and down to the sea. I learned of pinkish-brown lagoons of animal effluent in North Carolina and China.

I saw the terrible suffering of animals treated like production machines, pushed ever further beyond their natural limits, bred to produce more milk or eggs, or to grow fat enough for slaughter at a younger and younger age.

via Farm-ageddon: No birds. No bees. Our countryside laid waste. And billions of animals that never see a blade of grass – book warns of terrifying threat from today’s gram mega-farms | Daily Mail Online

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