As there are people here from all around the world, I wanted to know how knowledgeable people are on factory farming and the crappy state of food production worldwide. If you don't know, here's the breakdown: Over 1 billion animals are kept in factory farms each year, used to produce meat, eggs and dairy for the world. However more than 50% of this meat is thrown in the bin. We also throw away 50% of ALL food that is produced.. The food that is mass produced in this way (factory farming) and processed food, is detrimental on every level. We are using harmful pesticides that are responsible for the rapid decline in bee populations (no bees, no food as they are responsible for fertilizing crops and flowers) on the crops that are used to feed these animals. Crops that go to feeding animals don't go to feeding humans and you need tons of grain to feed just one animal. Grain that could be used to make thousands of loaves of bread. We are also polluting the atmosphere with these cancer causing pesticides leading to poor health. Animals are being fed with antibiotics and growth hormones. We have a situation now where people are dying from infections that antibiotics cannot cure due to consuming these antibiotic filled meats. Companies like Monsanto and Syngenta are creating an illegal monopoly on seeds, their aim is to own 100% of crop producing seeds. Basically if you're a farmer, you have to pay Monsanto for seeds as they are the only ones who have them. Their crops have been shown to cause cancer in tests. Their CEOs often change back and forward from positions in the FDA to Monsanto so that they can allow products that they have created to be sold on the public market. Then there is the cruelty aspect of all this. The factory farms treat the animals in an absolutely horrible way. They are packed in so tightly they can often not move around, they are fed with chemicals that make them grow so big and so fast, lots of them have broken bones and cannot even walk. This goes for all animals in factory farms which account for 80% upwards of worldwide meat. Then the people who work in these farms are also mistreated too. In the US for example, they are mostly immigrants from Mexico and South America who are recruited in Latin America. Made to work long hours for no pay, and then to stop them complaining they are routinely deported by the authorities, on the command of the companies who operate these factory farms. I just wanted to get an idea for how mainstream this knowledge was. When I discovered this, I was quite disgusted and I changed my eating habits quite a lot. I still eat meat, but I always check to make sure it comes from a humane farm that will not use antibiotics or growth chemicals on its animals. If you haven't heard anything about this then I recommend watching the following documentaries which I thought were extremely interesting: Example of Factory Farmed Pigs: Trailers: FOOD INC: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eKYyD14d_0 DIVE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HlFP-PMW6E Had you heard about this before, how is it in your country? Oh and for those of you who say, 'fuck it, I love meat' - I love meat too! It's about farming in a responsible way that means we can enjoy meat, animals get treated right, the environment doesn't suffer and the workers who spend their time in farms aren't mistreated either!