Factory Farming Essay

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Factory farming is a system of rearing livestock using intensive methods, by which poultry, pigs, or cattle are confined indoors under strictly controlled conditions. Factory farms control the U.S. food production. According to Safe.org.nz “Factory farming began around the nineteen sixties and nineteen seventies with the popularity of fast food” (paragraph 2). It created the ability for companies to buy larger quantities of meat for a lesser amount of money. Factory farming also affects the earth’s environment and contributes to global warming by creating fossil fuels, carbon emissions, water and air pollution. A way that people can stop a percentage of global warming is to reduce the animal cruelty that comes with the factory farming industry. …show more content…
According to Anne Lappè a best selling author and public speaker writes in the article The Climate at the end of the fork “livestock is eighteen percent of the world’s total global warming effect-more than the emissions produced by every plane, train, and steamer ship on the planet” (751). This is significant because animals produce carbon dioxide, which is a key element to global warming. Not only is carbon dioxide harmful to the environment; but when you add up all the other chemicals that come from factory farms, other problems develop. Water and air pollution are prime examples of these problems due to animal waste runoff, excessive uses of chemicals, and animal particulates. As stated in Nation in brief-Factory farms’ air pollution a problem “factory farm air pollution at some sites is now dirtier than America’s most polluted cities” (paragraph 1). Air pollution comes from the overuse of different chemicals and dry animal matter in a factory farm. According to Onegreenplanet.org “When factory farm waste decomposes, it releases airborne particulate matter along with harmful gases. These particulates can include dry manure, feathers, bits of feed, and animal dander” (paragraph 5). Water pollution from factory farms occur when animal manure seeps into the soil from when a rainstorms occur. According to Lappè article The Climate at the end of the fork “waste is stored …show more content…
They are also given antibiotics so they cannot catch any diseases that may occur with a large variety of animals in one place. According to farmsanctuary.org “Since the 1950s, antibiotics have been used on factory farms to increase the rate of growth in animals. Today, an estimated 70 percent of the antibiotics used in the U.S. are given to farm animals for non-therapeutic purposes” (paragraph 4). In other words, medicine is given to these factory farm animals to make them grow faster, not to nurture them. Factory farms and food companies receive more money in a less amount of time that it would take for a non factory farm animal to be raised. The chemicals in these animals can raise serious health concerns for humans. According to Peta.org “brain damage, depression, miscarriges, birth defects, and resportoey prblems can occur due to chemicals in factory farms” (paragraph 3). Many people can become sick and resistant to the antibiotics because of bacteria such as salmonella. “Salmonella which is a common food poisoning in contaminated eggs, poultry, meat, unpasteurized milk or juice, cheese” (paragraph 1) according to FoodSafety.gov. As mentioned in the article Contribution Of Avian Salmonella Enterica Isolates To Human Salmonellosis Cases In Constantine “Salmonella remains a major cause of illness in both humans and animals worldwide” (paragraph 1). According to farmsanctuary.org “ Using antibiotics in

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