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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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Is factory farming about animals undergoing painful mutilations, like removal of chicken's beak, or force-feeding, like geese and ducks, to grow unnaturally fast and large for the purpose of maximising food industry profits via increased output of meat and egg production?
Brief Overview of the Development of Factory Farming and CAFOs
Soil Association policy director Peter Melchett said: "A trend towards intensive factory farming systems over the past 60 years has meant that cows, chickens and pigs now eat less grass and food waste and more grains and imported proteins like soya.
Factory farming subjects cows, pigs, and the like to conditions that are perverse in the sense that they radically disfigure the animals' nature.
When faced with the realization that animal foods can be made affordable to most consumers only through factory farming, society is left with a dichotomous choice: either we stop purchasing and consuming animal products, or animals will continue to suffer in our factory farms.
The depictions of the cruelty of factory farming are not for the faint of heart.
In these countries, "restructuring" poultry production in ways that support small-scale operations requires a 180-degree turn away from intensive, integrated factory farming and globalized production.
Pope alludes to a significant yet often overlooked cause of environmental degradation in our country: factory farming. The people who suffer the most direct harms of this practice are the countless rural Americans who are forced to abandon the outdoors or breathe poisonous air because they live near industrialized animal-production facilities.
Avian influenza, mad cow disease and other emerging diseases that can jump from animals to humans "are symptoms of a larger change taking place in agriculture: the spread of factory farming," according to a recent report by the Worldwatch Institute.
$1,000 First Prize * "The Pig on Your Plate: the Injustice of Factory Farming" by Jaime Chambers, age fifteen
Factory farming poses dangers to human health and animal welfare, particularly in developing countries, according to a report out today.
The reality is that as long as they are supported by consumers, factory farming and commercial fishing will continue to exploit human and nonhuman animals, as well as the environment.
So far, Canada's regulatory regime has proven inadequate in confronting the reality of factory farming. Until recently, the dominant tendency was laissez-faire--the re-organization and consolidation of the livestock sector was allowed to proceed unchecked.
Q: I want to invest some money, but I don't want it invested in things like weapons, factory farming or things that damage the environment.
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