– All over Europe small-scale operations with a diversity of crops and livestock are disappearing, being replaced by mega farms such as a 23,000 cow dairy farm in Spain and enormous piggeries in Denmark, one of the world’s biggest producers of pork.
– This growth of Europe’s animal farming sector has seen it exceed what scientists have claimed are safe bounds for greenhouse gas emissions, nutrient flows and biodiversity loss.
– Greenpeace campaigners visited animal farms and their surrounding communities in France, Denmark, Spain and Italy between December 2018 and March 2019 to find out what is happening.
– They discovered many of these European mega farms are near small towns, and are affecting the health and well being of their close neighbours in a variety of ways. These include possible toxic substances through manure and air.
– Residents next to one giant Danish pig farm frequently see pigs in rubbish bins, for weekly collection.