The Consequences of Factory Farms and Animal Product Production

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In American society today, animal consumption has become a primary source of food in everyday, family life. It is common to have meat on the table two to three meals a day, but the problem with this is the demand for meat and dairy products has increased greatly, creating a need for faster production. Factory farms, also known as confined animal feeding operations (CAFOS,) have been the solution created by the food industry to meet the demands of consumers. This research exposes the consequences of the mass production of animals. Factory farms are not only unhealthy and inhumane towards animals, but also have a great impact on the human health. When animals are restrained together, not allowed to move, and a lot of the time injured by factory workers, they become sick and infected with various illnesses. This is the meat American society is consuming on a daily basis; most often unaware of the conditions of where that meat comes from. The amount of meat and dairy products consumed by the average American also is very unhealthy, and it can lead to obesity, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Factory farming also has a negative impact on the environment. The waste run-off of fertilizing manure spoils habitats and water sources, and methane from cattle is increasing the effects of greenhouse gases in our climate. Increasing the free-range farming industry, creating government legislation, and regulating animal production could resolve this problem in our food industry. In addition, providing more accessible knowledge and information for the public to be aware of where our food is coming from can also be beneficial. Factory farms may be a solution to the high demand of animal products, but they are bad for society, ... ... middle of paper ... ...oi.org/10.1289/ehp.121-a182 [online 01 June 2013] Nordgren, Anders. “Ethical Issues in Mitigation of Climate Change: The Option of Reduced Meat Production and Consumption” Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics. August 2012, Volume 25, Issue 4, pp 563-584. Abramovitz, Janet N., and Anthony Weis. "Exporting Factory Farms." Food Empowerment Project. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Oct. 2013. http://www.foodispower.org/exporting-factory-farms/. "Our Work | Food Recovery Network." Food Recovery Network. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Oct. 2013. http://www.foodrecoverynetwork.org/about-us/our-work/. "factory farm." Merriam-Webster. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 25 Oct. 2013. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/factory%20farm. Bell, M. M. (2012). An Invitation to Environmental Sociology.Pine Forge Press, SAGE Publications, Inc. (pp. 25, 74, 81, 228). 25 Oct. 2013.

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