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factory farming

An inexpensive and efficient system of farming in which animals are fed for growth and kept in small pens. Usually used in a derogatory manner to highlight the negative consequences of such a system. Can we implement a system that is more humane than factory farming?
See also: factory, farm
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In order to keep costs low, factory farms utilize animal feed that may contribute to illness and disease.
We must get rid of factory farms and put the earth's billions of confined farm animals back outside on the land, grazing and foraging, where they belong.
This background informs his analysis of the factory farm system.
When an outbreak of H5N1 was confirmed in Nigeria in February 2006, the FAO and much of the international scientific community once again pointed to migratory birds, even though the infected factory farm was not close to migratory wetlands and there was no evidence of infection or die-offs among wild birds in the area.
Factory farms are likely to get at least another two years before they even have to begin trying to comply with air quality standards.
The association says a preventative moratorium should be imposed until the connection between these problems and factory farms is more precisely quantified.
Factory farms have largely replaced traditional family farms; over the past 15 years, the number of hogs raised in the United States has remained about the same, but the number of hog farms has decreased from 600,000 to 157,000.
MEDAL: Pat Hampshire | SETTING OUT: Participants with Riding for the Disabled, a group run at Factory Farm on Emley Moor
The factory farm industry now for decades has granted journalists, activists and the concerned public only occasional access to the confinement operations where meat, egg and dairy production takes place.
claimed the Common Agricultural Policy encourages the intensification of EU livestock production, favouring big business factory farms where animals are fed on imported soy protein over small farms where livestock are reared on grass.
For those unaware of the factory farm egg, go to either www.
A visitor to any factory farm will see chickens, pigs, and cattle crammed tightly together in cages, stalls, or feedlots and covered in manure.
This is even more apparent due to the recent correlation of mad cow disease and factory farm handling and procedures.
Dailey in July ordered the closure of barns at Buckeye Egg Farm, the controversial factory farm.