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What Is a Factory Farm?

In the last 20 years, meat production in America has changed dramatically. The stereotypical family owned farms with animals grazing in pastures is hardly representative of today's operations. Animal farms are now dominated by industrial agribusinesses, that mass produce livestock, in crammed up factory farms. What happens in these factory farms is astounding. And the resulting threat to our environment and health is equally beyond belief.



What Is A Factory Farm?
Factory farms are also known as confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) or intensive livestock operations (ILOs). They are an endangerment to our health and environment, emphasizing high volume and profit with minimal regard for human health, safe food, the environment, humane treatment of animals, and the rural economy.

A Look At The Factory Farm
Today's large livestock operations look more like animal factories than animal farms. A typical hog factory farm has several metal barns, each containing several hundred to several thousand animals tightly confined cheek by jowl. This trend toward industrial-scale farming has created an enormous increase in the concentration and quantity of manure that is generated at a single site. The storage lagoons on factory farms are often stinking manure lakes the size of several football fields, containing millions of gallons of liquified manure

Factory Farms Do Not Want You To Know
Factory farms and corporate interests are getting more and more concerned that you may find out how they go about their business. Because the truth is, factory farming is a business that often leaves a major mess in its wake. They have gone so far as to prohibit filming and photographing of their operations. The industry knows that if the public were to even catch a glimpse of what goes on in these factories, it would mean bad news for them.

Myth One of Industrial Agriculture:
Industrial Agriculture Will Feed the World

The editors of Fatal Harvest, a book about the disasters of industrial farming, examine the myth, that industrial agriculture alleviates world hunger. In reality, industrial agriculture will only exacerbate the problem because it by raising the cost of farming, by forcing tens of millions of farmers off the land, and by growing primarily high-profit export and luxury crops.



 
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