It’s my opinion that Chuck E. Cheese pizza should be scarfed down near a ball pit while an anthropomorphic mouse sings “Happy Birthday” to a screaming child somewhere. For many of a certain age, these are precious memories. But regardless of your sentiments, the doughy, suspiciously lopsided pies of Chuck E. Cheese can hardly be associated with good pizza, or even pizza that’s passable enough to satisfy a craving for delivery.
Humans have raised domesticated livestock for meat for millenia, but factory farming as we know it today — that is, raising poultry, pigs, or cattle in close quarters and under rigidly controlled conditions — is less than a century old. It was made possible by science and technology.
As historian Yuval Noah Hariri has written: “With the help of vaccinations, medications, hormones, pesticides, central air-conditioning systems, automatic feeders, and lots of other novel gadgets, it is now possible to cram tens of thousands of chickens or other animals into tiny coops, and produce meat and eggs with unprecedented efficiency —…
Of all the 900 million pigs being raised on farms around the world today, more than 400 million are in China. Pork is so central to the Chinese diet — especially as the country has grown wealthier — that menus there often list pork as simply “meat,” and the amount of pork eaten in China exceeds all the meat Americans consume annually. Now, a global epidemic called African swine fever (ASF) is wreaking havoc in China — the country that produces and consumes the most pork in the world.
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