An independent project about the loss of balance in our planet that is threatening our future.

Amid record melting, countries fail again to protect Antarctic waters

For the seventh year in a row, the CCAMLR declined to establish new marine protected areas (MPAs) around Antarctica, despite concern that the melting ice in Antarctica has reached alarming levels, jeopardizing some key populations of penguins, krill, whales, seals and...

Can aquaculture solve the Mediterranean’s overfishing problem?

Researchers reported about a "desolation scenario" around sea bream and sea bass farms in Western GreeceJULIAN’S, VALLETTA and MOSTA, Malta — Mediterranean countries, under the guidance of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), are investing in the...

Split on Africa Big-Agri sees boycott at UN food summit

Where is the global food system headed? The different responses inside and outside the UN Food Systems Summit in Rome The global food system is on the verge of failure: it is contributing in a decisive way to the environmental crisis and is failing in its main goal,...
War and hunger

War and hunger

New report by the Global Network Against Food Crises (EU-Fao-Wfp): the perfect storm hits 193 million peopleWhile we are expecting the effects of a global food crisis linked to the conflict in Ukraine, today the Global Network Against Food Crises released its annual...

The rush for raw materials also threatens forests

The rush for raw materials also threatens forests

International Day of Forests. The shadow of the war up to the Amazon: deforestation advances. In February 2022, deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon set a new record and according to several analysts in the coming months the increase in demand for soybeans and other...


Studies estimate that, from the beginning of time, 113 billion people have ever lived on Earth (source: Population Reference Bureau).

According to other publications, every single year more than 160 billion animals are slaughtered for food consumption (based on FAO data). More specifically, every year worldwide are killed or used for production:

  • 73 billions and 174 millions poultry (meat production)
  • 7 billions and 702 millions laying hens (egg production)
  • 1 billion and 484 millions pigs
  • 921 millions rabbits
  • 809 millions animals for milk production (265 millions caws)
  • 479 millions goats for meat production
  • 302 millions cattle (meat)

(Source: FAO 2018)

  • 80 millions tons of fish is farmed (approx. 80 billions heads), 49,5 millions tonnes farmed in inland waters
  • at least 93 millions and 633 thousands tons of fish is captured

(Sources: FAO 2017a and FAO 2017b)

One Earth is a project to research, inquiry and explain the full scenario of animal over-exploitation: which are the causes and which are the effects for the fragile balance of our planet. 

Iper-intensification in factory farming: the biggest and most innovative factory farms across the world, designed for applying technologies to the increased global demand for meat.

One Health approach: what happens to humankind when the balance gets broken? Human health is deeply linked to the health of the environment and other animals’. For this reason, when we lose the balance, we are exposed to global health threats. The main issues are: antimicrobial resistance, producing 700 thousands deaths worldwide every year; other diseases related to animal over-exploitation and to the destruction of natural habitats (from Sars/Mers and other viruses).



Side effects related to the loss of balance needed to allow humankind and other species to survive on a planet with limited resources. This issue is about: deforestation linked to feed production (deforestation is actually the second cause of global warming); the loss of biodiversity, also linked to the massive use of pesticides in agriculture (even for livestock feeding); destruction of sea natural habitats for pollution (dead zones) and for overfishing.

An ethical matter. This issue is about the cultural, religious, legal and scientific aspects that actually justify the animal over-exploitation. A sort of research on the cultural roots that cause the loss of the balance, that is compromising our ability to survive on this planet.

The documentary and the enquiries

One Earth is an independent journalistic project. The main outputs are:

  • Feature stories published on international media, focusing on factory farms; environmental matters; fishery and fish farms; deforestation and loss of biodiversity; human health; ethics and food production.
  • Documentaries investigating the impacts of the food system.

Support Us

Support this project through the crowdfunding campaign at this link. Every support is precious to tell this story!

The budget will be used to produce the documentary and the video inquires (video production, editing, post production, distribution).

About us

One Earth is an independent project, based on the team of professionals that worked on the production of Deforestation Made in Italy (feature documentary, ITA, 2019, 67′), about tropical deforestation and the import of forest risk commodities in Europe and Italy, and ONE EARTH – Everything is connected (feature documentary, ITA, 2021, 93′), about the impact of the iper-industrialization of the food system.

The author is Francesco De Augustinis, a freelance journalist. He was author of video enquiries about sustainability for many Italian and international media, and in 2019 for the documentary Deforestation Made in Italy.