The Cost Of Factory Farming Essay

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The Cost of Factory Farming is Sickening Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines factory farming as a farm on which large numbers of livestock are raised indoors in conditions intended to maximize production at minimal cost. Factory farming is successful in producing large amount of food, at a much lower cost. Some may argue that cheaper meat is a good thing, Foer even explains that, “taking inflation into account, animal protein costs less today than at any time in history.” (Foer 144.) However, one must take a deeper look at the factory farming system to see the many negative effects that go along with cheaper meat. Through this essay, we will examine factory farming to see the other negative effects including, the decline of the traditional “family” farm, pollution and greenhouse gases (and the associated health risks), massive animal cruelty/mistreatment, and the overuse of antibiotics (resulting in many negative health issues). It is because of these negative externalities, that I feel that factory farming should be made illegal, even at the cost of higher meat prices. As mentioned above, the price of animal protein is the cheapest it’s ever been. Because of this, the traditional farmer is forced to produce more and more food just to keep up with factory farm system. No longer can a farmer provide for his family, simply by farming using non factory-farming techniques. Foer shows that, “For each food animal species, animal agriculture is now dominated by the factory farm…

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