March 11th, 2010
(The piece posted here is the Introduction to Animal Factory: The Looming Threat of Industrial Pig, Dairy, and Poultry Farms to Humans and the Environment by David Kirby. The new book (March 2010) examines the environmental contamination and heath impacts of industrial livestock production.)
Many Americans have no idea where their food comes from, and many have no desire to find out.
That is unfortunate.
Every bite we take has had some impact on the natural environment, somewhere in the world. As the planet grows more crowded, and more farmers turn to industrialized methods to feed millions of new mouths, that impact will only worsen.