Half of all antibiotics manufactured are used in animal farming for treating diseases (therapeutic), preventing diseases (prophylactic) and simply to make animals grow faster (growth-promoting).
Planet on a Plate
About 135 million tonnes of nitrogen and 58 million tons of phosphorous came from the global manure heap in 2004 – cattle accounting for 58 per cent, pigs around 32 per cent and chickens and other poultry seven per cent.
Forests are extraordinary places! They hold 60 per cent of all the world’s plant and animal species (flora and fauna), play a big role in regulating the climate and help reduce global warming by absorbing carbon.
Topsoil, where almost everything grows, is the world's lifeblood and without it almost nothing will grow.
Carbon dioxide (CO2), methane and nitrous oxide are gases that are found in the atmosphere. They're like the glass of a greenhouse, trapping the sun’s heat and reflecting it back to earth. It's all completely natural and without it we wouldn't be able to live on this world of ours because it would be too cold. This warming keeps temeperatures about 33ºC/92ºF higher than they would otherwise be.
Only 2.5 per cent of all water on the planet is fresh and 70 per cent of this is locked up in glaciers and permanent snow.
Huge quantities of pesticides, fungicides and herbicides are used across the world and most of them go onto crops grown as fodder for farmed animals.