How Farming Affects the Environment
Farming can affect our environment especially the factory farming.
The continued growth of factory farms can induce further environmental risk so total awareness about it must be given a lot of consideration.
The Factory Farms
For over 50 years, the factory farms have been increasing significantly and its continued growth can cause much damage to our environment. The factory farm is defined as a facility that confines and also feed livestock for more than 45 days without the natural usual condition needed by farms according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Nowadays, the traditional farms where the animals are grazing on natural surroundings are gone little by little and have been replaced by these factory farms where the animals that are processed for our food live in cramped, filthy, and unnatural conditions that are not healthy to the animals as well as to the environment.
The practices of the factory farms compromise our clean water, air, and soil so they must not be allowed to continue in our landscape. The contaminated water caused by them is unpleasant, hazardous, and will endanger our ecosystems as well as lessen biodiversity. The fertilizers that are sprayed on the animal feed include nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus and the accumulation of these elements is dangerous to both people and environment. The excessive amount of leaks, spills, and runoffs into the ground encourage the growth of algae that depletes oxygen and then kill lots of fish and other animals living on water. Each establishment makes the water and the terrain uninhabitable.
More Harmful Effects of Factory Farms
If the factory farms continue to grow and not cease to operate then there will be less land and water available for the growing of natural foods. The urine and manure of livestock in factory farms can pollute the water, air, and soil. It will then cause significant amount of health problems that include the irritation of the eyes, throat and nose, headaches, nausea, lack of coordination, damage of kidney and liver, and many more.
Traditional Farming Methods
The traditional farming methods used by traditional farmers affects the environment much lesser than the factory farming. They are conducting their business on a long term cycle so they raised crops and livestock simultaneously using the conventional method of fertilizing – the composted manure. Traditional farmers cannot compete with the factory farms so factory farms really dominate our environment which is really bad. If we cannot stop the factory farms from operation then our environment will be polluted in just a short time. All the living things will not survive the damage. This is why; we should be all aware of the bad and harmful effects that the farming is causing and do necessary actions in avoiding them.