Environmental concerns in the use of fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, and hormones. High volumes of animal wastes produced by CAFOs (concentrated animal feeding operations) all of which can contaminate soil, air, and water.
Contributors to global warming include the overreliance on fossil fuels for food production, the methane produced by animals, cattle, sheep, and pigs and the long-distance transport of the food.
Expanding agriculture and animal farming often removes natural habitats and reduces natural biodiversity.
An additional environmental concern is the deterioration of the oceans and their life forms due to overfishing and pollution.
Human Healthconcerns include producers' use of growth promoters, pesticides, and antibiotics that can affect child development, antibiotic resistance, and other health conditions.
Concerns about the Humane Treatment of Animals include intensive confinement and abuse in CAFOs, and inhumane conditions during production, transport, and slaughter.
Seattle Metropolitan Area, Pacific Northwest, United States
Location Scout ~ Flâneur ~ Amateur Photographer -
Northern California Girl - Living in the Seattle Metro Area. Happily married, mother of five amazing individuals. Each day is a new adventure and I don't want to miss one minute.
♥ ♥ Thank you so much for stopping by and visiting -- barefoot in the orchard ♥ ♥
One of my favorite memories was walking barefoot in our apricot orchard. That was some 37 years ago, and it's still one of the first things that comes to mind when searching my life's memories.
It is unbearable for me to think about my beautiful orchard and the many others that surrounded it now only exist in my memory -- long ago replaced by houses. I prefer to keep those images in my mind as if it were only yesterday...
It's a beautiful summer morning, I'm 12 years old, outside my cat Peewee (a big yellow tabby with a bobbed tail) greets me. I head straight out into the orchard. The branches overhead hang low and heavy -- and the sweet smell of apricots fill the air. Running faster and farther with each step -- the seemingly never-ending rows of trees stretch out before me. I can feel the warm sun on my face and the cool feel of the dirt under my feet. ~
"Difficult times have helped me to understand better than before how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way and that so many things that one goes worrying about are of no importance whatsoever."