Did you know that about 80% of the nation’s antibiotics use in total are added to animal feed every year? And these antibiotics aren’t serving as medicine to save the lives of the poor animals, but to speed livestock growth. Factory farming has been dominating the world of agriculture and food production for years, mainly due to the economic gains associated with fast production of meat products. But what many fail to realize is that this quick production of meat and poultry can cause serious harm to the human immune system. What goes into the animal feed ultimately ends up in our stomachs, and the antibiotics used to speed livestock growth can impact our body’s immune system by making us resistant to certain antibiotics. By constantly consuming this chemically modified food, we are decreasing the effectiveness of certain antibiotics used to treat human illnesses. Other issues associated with factory farming include the high risk of foodborne illness like E. coli and Salmonella. The unhealthy conditions in factory farms make animals more prone to disease and infection and pose serious threats to the animals themselves. Not only does factory farm harm our public health and create unimaginably horrendous conditions for livestock, but it also negatively impacts our environment by producing high methane emissions. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, factory farming accounts for 37% of methane emissions, and methane has more than 20 times the global warming potential of CO2. These serious threats to public health, animal welfare, and the air we breathe should outweigh the economic gains by factory farming and more needs to be done to prevent the growth of industrialized farming.
This is why Sterling Heritage Solutions hopes to push and promote local organic farming and sustainable agriculture. We believe that organic farming is one of the most important factors in promoting healthy lifestyles and achieving overall better health for humans, animals, and our environment. By helping local organic farms grow we will help in reducing the need for factory farming little by little. It is our goal to promote local organic farming by educating the public of its benefits and encouraging support of local farms.