Factory Farming Research Paper
CP English 11
24 May 2017
What is the Beef with Factory Farming?
When you think of a farm, do you think of a small family owned farm with a few cattle out in a pasture or do you think of a large factory style building with cattle shoulder to shoulder on a hard cement floor? Throughout America, Factory Farms are becoming more and more popular every day. A factory farm is the condensing of farm animals, usually chickens, pigs and cows, into a very small area (“Factory Farms Produce…”). Factory farms produce meat, eggs, and poultry at a high rate (“Factory Farms Produce…”). A Factory farm can have up to 1,000 total cows, 1,000 hogs, and up to 600,000 chickens annually (“What’s Wrong With…”). Factory farms should be banned …show more content…
They overuse antibiotics and give livestock antibiotics to prevent disease rather than to treat a sick animal that has encountered bacteria (“What’s Wrong with Factory Farms”). Antibiotics that are present in factory farms are used solely for growth and to cover up the unsanitary living conditions at the farms (Peeples). Overusing antibiotics on animals is putting humans in a very dangerous situation. Using antibiotics on animals that do not need them gives bacteria a breeding ground to make antibiotic-resistant bacteria which then weakens the power of human antibiotics (“What’s Wrong with Factory Farms”). There is no limit on how much factory farms use antibiotics. Eighty percent of the antibiotics in the United States are given to livestock at factory farms (Peeples). Due to factory farms pumping their livestock full of antibiotics, leave the elderly and young children in danger as antibiotics become less effective (“Industrial vs Family Farms Comparison”). If factory farms continue to use antibiotics for growth, human antibiotics will become useless. Even though factory farms have major flaws that can be pointed out, they still play a major role in providing affordable food to the American …show more content…
Factory farms are responsible for 43 percent of the worlds beef (Nierenburg). In the last 45 years, meat and poultry production has seen great increases (Leyonhjelm). Poultry and pork are also among the products produced at factory farms (Nierenburg). Factory farming is becoming more popular throughout the world and it is the most popular way of producing meat (Nierenburg). With factory farms becoming popular throughout the world, they are also making a bigger harm on the environment. To compensate for the rapid population growth throughout the world, factory farms will need to increase their production numbers (Leyonhjelm). With more animals on the farm, that means more manure to take care of. Factory farms keep the manure in large open containers (“Industrial vs Family Farms”). In North Carolina, Hurricane Floyd hit and flooded the uncovered manure pits, the manure spread into waterways killing many fish and endangering the lives of many people (Nierenburg). To keep prices low, factory farms use unsafe ways to produce so much meat. Factory farms pump their livestock full of antibiotics and steroids to make their livestock bigger and grow faster (Nierenburg). This causes growth defects and other problems within the animals making them unsuitable to eat. Factory farms produce meat and poultry and keep it at an affordable price, they also employ many people to keep the farms