With the sizeable livestock population of 142 million pigs, 76 million bovine animals and a further several billion chickens farmed every year, the volume of Europe’s factory farming sector has exceeded what the scientific community have claimed are safe bounds for greenhouse gas emissions, nutrient flows and biodiversity loss. Its implications for the climate crisis, role in health emergencies globally, and impact on human rights make factory farming one of the most relevant topics of public interest of our time.
This project is developed from the vertical impact and un-sustainability of factory farms, like gas emissions, deforestation, pandemics, climate destruction, but explores their horizontal effects as a focus. Long shadows are projected from intensive animal agriculture buildings and hit nearby communities first, like a lurking presence on people’s lives. Noise, smell, air toxicity, chronic disease: in several communities around the world people are hit by heavy implications on their health or quality of life by their very neighbour: the farms.
In a time characterised by increasingly frequent extreme novel epidemics and pandemics, many scientists claim that factory farms have become dangerous pathogenic breeding grounds. Their unique conditions (such as density of livestock) and their production needs and consequences (such as gas emissions, pollution of air, water and soil) create considerable risks for human health both on a wide scale and for those living in immediate surroundings.
Smell, dust, chemicals, noise: only some of many unbearable conditions that for the inhabitants of small rural communities and villages near factory farms are just everyday's reality. Full story on: The smell, the noise, the dust: my neighbour, the factory farm - The Guardian.