I really love these discussions. I hear a lot of folks say "false equivalencies" and "irrelevance" when we draw comparisons of ag to other industries. And I understand it is a fine line to walk. BUT it does really bear some discussion - why do we zero in on agriculture so much but give so little consideration to a lot of other industries? True, the impacts are very different and are difficult to measure and compare, but the fact remains we can't criticize livestock and be willing to turn an entirely blind eye to unnecessary, unproductive and unwanted companion animals who DO have an impact, economically, environmentally and socially. To a lesser extent perhaps, but it is an issue in which society and animals receive zero benefits. We can't criticize the proper use of herbicides and insecticides while pretending the massive wastage of water, treatments and maintenance of golf courses, resorts, residential properties etc. mean absolutely nothing. We can't say producing edible food products needs to be increasingly regulated and controlled while not giving a thought to shopping sprees on consumer nonessential goods unsustainably produced overseas contributing massive amounts of pollution and unethical employment practices all over the world.