Highly Tailored, crop specific fertilisers will tend to have better results, and are obviously much more efficient, since one has absolute control on the "nutritional" growth factors if you will.
I know that words like "man-made", "artificial", "synthetic","chemical" tend to carry a negative connotation around, due to the fact that they are usually synonym ...
Many of the subsidies are based on rationales that may not really be relevant to how the industry is set up now such as lots of independent small farmers producing output independent of each other. Clearly, in the US, that's no longer the case. I think political inertia and the lack of a political base strongly advocating to eliminate them are why they still ...
general consensus...hahahahahaha ;o)
I'm afraid there will be no consensus any time soon. While food produced with pesticides kills animals in the process, it usually doesn't contain animal parts (in contrast to organic food, which may contain the odd bug or two), and would be considered vegan.
Vegan ethics & pesticide
However, many vegans choose ...
Assuming that the study estimating the 15 animals killed per ha of harvested crop is this one, it must be noted that the study was widely criticized for these and other mistakes and I would not in any case take it at face value.
To address the numbers mentioned in the question:
Davis estimates that 15 wild animals per hectare per year are killed
as a ...
8.06 quintillion liters, or 2.129 quintillion gallons, of water, is used each year for meat worldwide. 30% of Earth's land mass is used for these animals.
How I got There
About 20,029 liters (5,291 gallons) of water is used to produce only one kilogram (2.2 pounds) of meat. After doing some research and math I've come up with the conclusion ...
Just a review, from here:
Federal law in the United States requires that animals should be
stunned before they are slaughtered. The following types of stunning
are used: captive bolt stunning and electrical stunning. However, this
law is often broken at these slaughterhouses.
This indicates that the law is broken often, probably due to speed-slaughter ...
The Census of Agriculture's 2014 Organic Survey, which includes data from all certified organic farms in the United States at the time, has some data on the use of fertilizer by organic farms.
Table 20 contains information about production expenses for organic farms, one expense being "Fertilizer, lime, and soil conditioners". Of 14093 organic ...