Factory Farm Research Paper

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The difference between a factory farm and a regular family farm is that a factory farm, “also known as Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, Confined Animal Feeding Operations, or CAFOs, factory farms use industrial production techniques to raise thousands of animals in one location” (http://www.preservationnation.org/forum/library/public-articles/factory- farms.html?referrer=https://www.google.com/#.Vf9Wqp3BzGd ). A factory farm has: Beef cattle -500 head on feed (feedlot), Dairy -500 cows, Hogs -1,000 head, Broiler chickens -500,000 sold annually, and Egg laying chickens -100,000 – where as a regular farm would have less head. Many family farms have struggled because of factory farms taking over. Even though we can benefit …show more content…

Small farms help “preserve genetic diversity by raising a wide range of animal breeds” (http://www.beyondfactoryfarming.org/get-informed/industrial-vs-family-farms- comparison). Factory farms reduce diversity in animals and only raise only a few selected breeds. Factory farms can also affect the animals with transportation issues. While small farms sell locally, factory farm animals “industrial-scale livestock production is usually centralized and therefore requires extensive transportation” (http://www.beyondfactoryfarming.org/get-informed/industrial-vs-family-farms- comparison). Since the government helped the rise of factory farms, they are the ones that will need to make changes in the reign of this industry. Congress needs to restore sensible farm programs that should put fair prices to crop farmers first. EPA needs to help set rules and enforce them on the pollution problem. The Food and Drug Administration can help with the overuse of antibiotics. The U.S Department of Agriculture needs to enforce regulations that allow independent livestock producers fair access to markets (http://www.beyondfactoryfarming.org/get-informed/industrial-vs-family-farms-

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