Lymbery argues that factory farming is not—as some contend—an efficient space-saving way to produce the world’s food but rather a method in which the invisible costs are actually far higher than the savings.
‘Factory farming is shrouded in mythology’ he said.
‘One of the myths is that it’s an efficient way of producing food when actually it is highly inefficient and wasteful’.
‘Another [myth] is that the protagonists will say that it can be good for the welfare of the animals.
After all if hens weren’t happy they wouldn’t lay eggs.
‘The third myth is that factory farming saves space.
On the surface it looks plausible because by taking farm animals off the land and cramming them into cages and confinement you are putting an awful lot of animals into a small space.
But what is overlooked in that equation is you are then having to dedicate vast acreages of relatively scarce arable land to growing the feed.
‘The crops fed to industrially reared animals worldwide could feed an extra four billion [people] on the planet’.