In recent years, we have been celebrating Earth Day on April 22nd. Although many are trying to stop the pollution of the planet Earth, it is becoming more and more polluted, as the activities that pollute the Earth are expanding or. intensify. One of the biggest destroyers and polluters of the Earth, if not the biggest, is mass livestock farming. It has extremely negative effects on the environment, climate, human health and, of course, on animals, which are the biggest victims of this form of agriculture, as every year about 50 billion animals are slaughtered for human consumption, of which more than 30 million in Slovenia.
Mass livestock farming has an extremely high share of climate-destroying greenhouse gas emissions. There are various data on the share of livestock farming in this balance: from 18% according to the UN (FAO 2006) to more than 51% according to two environmental scientists from the World Bank (2009). Whether or not mass livestock farming accounts for half of greenhouse gas emissions, it is extremely harmful to the climate. In any case, its share in the climate balance is significantly higher than its share of world traffic.
Livestock farming is also extremely destructive to the environment. Meat production uses a huge amount of pesticides, antibiotics and various hormones that contaminate the environment. Livestock farming contributes as much as 50% to the pollution of water resources, and cattle excrement contains pathogens of over 40 dangerous diseases, which are 50 to 100 times more concentrated than in humans. With mass livestock farming, new diseases are being transmitted from animals to humans. Data on the use of energy flow through the agroecosystem are also devastating: fish eat 1.6 kg of food to gain 1 kg of weight, pigs 4 kg, and cattle eat as much as 9 kg of wheat to gain kilograms of body weight. How many people can be fed with 9 kg of wheat and how many with 1 kg of beef. But there are 1 billion hungry people in the world!
Meat as a product of animal husbandry is also a risk factor for many diseases of civilization. These are on the rise, killing tens of millions of people worldwide. Meat is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, damages bones, negatively affects mentality and the like. There is a lot of scientific research on this.
Livestock farming is very harmful due to its extremely negative social consequences and causes incredible social costs, tens of billions of euros are needed to treat the diseases of civilization alone. What the costs of environmental and climate destruction are, however, is not known at all or is not said. It is therefore necessary to abandon mass livestock farming and replace it with agriculture that is friendly to nature, people and animals. Such, however, is peaceful agriculture.
Peaceful agriculture is a way of farming, which means the production of quality and healthy food in full harmony with the life of nature. It is climate-friendly agriculture without livestock farming (or the use of animals to meet human needs), without manure and slurry fertilization, and without chemistry, which began to develop in Germany 24 years ago. One of the main concerns in peaceful agriculture is the care for life in the soil, ie the functioning of microorganisms and small or. the smallest animals that produce plant food, loosen the soil and keep it healthy. Every third year, the field is set aside to regenerate and develop life in the soil. In healthy arable soil, plants find everything they need to grow, are strong, healthy and easier to protect themselves, so they do not need any chemical protection. Farmers of peaceful agriculture thus strive to live in peace with all forms of life, protecting animals, nature and, indirectly, people. The golden rule: “What you don’t want someone to do to you, don’t do to anyone,” has become a guiding thought in peaceful agriculture for nature, animals and all people.