Intensive industrial agriculture of hogs, cattle and poultry carries enormous environmental costs. The high concentration of animals leads to vast amounts of manure that is stored outside or spread over nearby fields without environmental safeguards. This waste washes into our waterways and is a leading cause of the dead zones that form in coastal waters. To sustain this system of large-scale production, industrial animal agriculture relies extensively on excessive amounts of antibiotics for animals, increasing bacterial resistance and complicating medical treatment for humans.
This system must change. Pew is working to reform industrial animal agriculture so that it is less damaging to the environment, communities, human health and animal welfare.