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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.
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
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.
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.