Andrew Gunther is another passionate speaker about the problems in our food system and what can we do to fix it.
1. Our current agricultural system is broken. It truly did not start out that way but he reminds me how drastic these changes are and that they have occurred in a frighteningly short period of time.
2. We made and make systems that are livestock are not designed to live in.
3. The volume of manure from these animals is killing our land. Poo piles from intense livestock crowded areas creates a huge increase in nitrogen and phosphorous which leads to dead land. This is happening at an alarming rate all over the world.
In particular, North Carolina is running out of land due to huge poo piles from farmed raised pigs. They are running our of room to collect and spread the manure from intense pig farming occurring in that state.
“The nearly 812,000 hogs on factory farms in Bladen County, North Carolina produce as much untreated manure as the sewage from the Chicago and Atlanta metro areas combined.” ( http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/blogs/hog-waste-is-dragging-north-carolina-through-the-manure/)
4. We create and use 7.7 million pounds of antibiotics for humans. Did you know we create and use another 29.9 million pounds of antibiotics on our livestock? Is it any wonder we are resistant to antibiotics and have seriously limited their effectiveness especially obvious when treating serious diseases? Couple this with the use of roundup ready seeds with antibiotic attached and then roundup spread on our fields that contain antibiotics. Millions of pounds are being applied to our fields, ingested in our food, given to our livestock contaminating food, water and air.
I went to TEDxManhattan talks, at a local viewing site recently. It was fantastic. Andrew Gunther is one of several outstanding, passionate speakers I heard.
Sobering, insightful and inspirational. Tell me what you think. Thanks.