The Truth About Factory Farms

 

First, What is a Factory?

From Noah Webster's 1828 Dictionary - 3. Contracted from manufactory, a building or collection of buildings, appropriated to the manufacture of goods; the place where workmen are employed in fabricating goods, wares or utensils.

*Note: a factory is a place where raw materials are manufactured into items that are different from the materials used. While there is a net gain in value there is no net gain in materials.

Second, What is a Farm?

From Noah Webster's 1828 Dictionary - 2. In the United States, a portion or tract of land, consisting usually of grass land, meadow, pasture, tillage and woodland, cultivated by one man and usually owned by him in fee. A like tract of land under lease is called a farm; but most cultivators are proprietors of the land, and called farmers.

*Note: a farm is where crops and animals are raised that resemble the seeds and parent animals. Crops and animals are not manufactured they are raised. There is a net gain in animals and crops

Third, What is a Factory Farm?

From the two definitions there is no such thing or place as a factory farm!

     The term "factory Farm" originated in the 1960's by groups who actually want to stop all livestock operations. These groups would include radical animal rights groups such as P.E.T.A and vegans. As market conditions and government regulations forced more and more small and especially mid-sized family farms out of business. They were combined into larger land and livestock operations that were still a family farms. These large livestock operations (especially pork and poultry) became "confined" operations where the hogs and chickens are raised in buildings. The radical animal right groups started calling these large farms "factory farms" with the intent to get consumers to believe their half-truths and out right lies about the meat they produce. In the last few years organic farming groups have joined joins with the animal right groups by using this term to create a false impression of conventional farming operations.

      The real truth there is mo such things as factory farms only large farming operations where modern and more efficient practices are used.      

 

Did you know?

  • The large farms produce more pounds of meat per animal that small farm.

  • It takes less feed to produce a pound of meat on these large farms than on small farms.

  • Less greenhouse gasses are produced per pound of meat on these large farms than on small farms

  • Less manure is produced per pound of meat on these large farms than on small farms and manure is handled in a much more safe and efficient manner than small farms can.

Conclusion: one large livestock operation with 2000 animals produces more meat with less feed in less time than 50 small farms with 40 animals.

 

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