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Calls to reform food system: ‘Factory farming belongs in a museum’

Bibi van der Zee: ‘An exhibition at the Natural History Museum by campaigners aims to draw explicit links between industrial farming and its impact on wildife. The Sumatran elephant, for example, has been disastrously affected by the growing palm oil industry, with more than half of its habitat destroyed to create plantations, and elephant numbers falling rapidly… The old argument that we need factory farming if we are to feed the world doesn’t hold true, says Philip Lymbery, the chief executive of Compassion in World Farming (CIWF), who argues that ending the wasteful practice of feeding grain to animals would feed an extra 4 billion people. Putting cattle onto pasture and keeping poultry and pigs outside where they can forage, and supplementing that with waste food is far more efficient and healthy, he says. According to his calculations, based on figures from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the total crop harvest for 2014 provided enough calories to feed more than 15 billion people (the world’s population is currently 7.5 billion), but waste and the animal feed industry means that much of that is going elsewhere’. SOURCE…

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