Industrial farming is inherently inefficient; it squanders precious land and water, poisons and pollutes with pesticides and fertilisers and causes significant welfare issues for the animals.
It’s even possible that industrial farming does all those things but that doesn’t make it inefficient.
We get more kilos of animal protein from the use of those inputs – that’s a measure of efficiency, not inefficiency.
An area the size of the EU is devoted to growing industrial animal feed yet we know that the world’s soils have only 60 harvests left.
What? Where in buggery does that come from? Ah, here:
Generating three centimeters of top soil takes 1,000 years, and if current rates of degradation continue all of the world’s top soil could be gone within 60 years, a senior UN official said on Friday.
About a third of the world’s soil has already been degraded, Maria-Helena Semedo of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) told a forum marking World Soil Day.
That’s not a source I would trust to be honest.
“We are losing 30 soccer fields of soil every minute, mostly due to intensive farming,” Volkert Engelsman, an activist with the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements told the forum at the FAO’s headquarters in Rome.
“Organic (farming) may not be the only solution but it’s the single best (option) I can think of.”
Not using fertiliser doesn’t sound like a good way to deal with a reduced availability of farmland. This is interesting.