Nov. 20th, 2017
On Contact with Chris HedgesChris Schlottmann, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at New York University, explains the impact of the animal agriculture industry on the environment.
The US leads the world in meat production. One-third of all land in the continental US is used to grow feed and provide pasture for animals that will be killed for meat, according to the environmental group Mighty Earth. Now that agricultural pollution’s impact on drinking water is coming into focus, meat producers such as Tyson Foods are under pressure to set standards that would require large farms in their supply chains to clean up their acts.
The suffering inherent in mass meat production can’t be justified. And as the artificial meat industry grows, the last argument for farming animals has now collapsed.
A powerful corrosion inhibitor chemical used in wood stove boilers is also deliberately added to most processed meats in the United States, a Natural News investigation has found. Dozens of popular brands of hot dogs, bacon, sausage, lunch meat, sandwich ham and cured meats are sold in grocery stores across America that carry the rust inhibitor chemical known as sodium nitrite.
So how does the pig industry make the perfect lean pork chop you see in the food pyramid? Creating this shining object to sell is critical for commodity driven swine markets. It needs to meet economic requirements in agriculture and supporting systems, while being marketable to the masses. It’s not rocket science or nutritional medicine, its capitalism.