The animals are taken off the lands and diets they were designed to live on and shipped to a factory farm, where they are fed genetically modified food -- which itself has been shipped to that farm, cannot be consumed directly by humans, requirs vast amounts of non-renewable resources to produce (think pesticides, herbicides and synthetic fertilizers), and requires government subsidies to pay the farmers who grew it.
Then, because the living conditions in that factory farm are so deplorable that hundreds of thousands of animals die from infections or are so mutilated from eating the food their bodies can't process that they are turned away from slaughter (or just mixed in at slaughter, as has been widely documented as happening), all the animals are fed millions of pounds of antibiotics 'nontheraputically', which then ends up creating massive spending on public health to address the outbreaks of never-before-seen illnesses.
All this not to mention that back at the factory, the millions of pounds of highly toxic, chemical and antibiotic-laced excrement gather in vast lagoons which, when not properly managed (as is generally the case) seep into the ground water thereby sickening yet more people unnecessarily.So now what the proponents are really saying, no-one can deny: the only thing factory farms are good for is quickly producing profit for a startlingly small number of huge corporations who are not sufficiently regulated and who know that taking public health as a serious priority would mean a serious cut into their quarterly statements, not to mention the deconstruction of this vastly in-efficient system they have built.
"Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for all individuals during all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and for athletes."Let's start saying no to meat unless we know who grew it, where and how it was raised, and where and how it was slaughtered. Not only that, but let's start telling our friends to do the same. Only when we the 'consumers' start changing will the industry finally recognize that they can no longer tell us what to eat.