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What do you think of factory farms?

Asked by Flavio (1111points) August 29th, 2010

Just read this article:
and I am curious about people’s reactions.

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muppetish's avatar

I feel guilty they even exist. The more I learn about factory farms, the worse I feel about all the food I’ve even eaten growing up.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

I’m a vegan and not because of health reasons – what do you think I think about factory farms – evil.

ucme's avatar

That’s one redundancy that would be good news.

NaturallyMe's avatar

They are deplorable and make me ashamed towards animals to be part of the human race who treats innocent animals in such a cruel and hellish manner. This is one of the reasons i no longer eat meat, and are looking for alternatives to factory farmed animals products (eggs and dairy).

Hawkeye's avatar

That’s why I only eat fresh farm eggs

mrentropy's avatar

I wonder how many of these things wouldn’t exist if we didn’t demand convenience over quality.

Fred931's avatar

Isn’t factory farm an oxymoron?

ZEPHYRA's avatar

Inhuman, unnatural, chicken concentration camps!

keobooks's avatar

Aside from animal cruelty, which everyone has touched on – they are not hygenic. One of the reasons that you can’t really eat anything with raw eggs anymore is because salmonella spreads through factory farms and because they sell to so many different places, there are more cases of tainted foods.

Also, factory farms cause massive amounts of pollution. Hog farms make huge amounts of methane filled lagoons (basically giant lakes full of crap) In fact, the factory farm near my grandparent’s house made the news recently because you could see giant methane bubbles on satelite—yes you can see the Great Wall of China and giant bubbles of methane from crap lakes when you’re in space.

Blondesjon's avatar

Pointless and greedy.

It’s been proven time and time again that we can produce affordable beef/poultry/pork/eggs in a clean and natural environment. I am lucky enough to work on a farm that follows these practices and they are some of the best porks chops/steaks/eggs I have ever had the pleasure of eating.

stardust's avatar

Inhumane. @Blondesjon‘s right. It’s down to greed!

josie's avatar

I do not like factory farms. However, I suspect that some of the people who object to factory farms also object to the increased cost and thus price of food when animals are raised humanely. You can not have it both ways. Cheap food, and the attendant disease and cruelty, or expensive food and a higher level of respect for the critters that you are about to slaughter. I make enough money that I can shop at Whole Foods and discover who it is that is raising the animals that I eat and whether or not they meet my “standards”. But for whatever reason, many Americans imagine that they are entitled to cheap food. That sense of entitlement is the market that the factory farm serves. Pay up or shut up.

Coloma's avatar

Factory farming is cruel in the sense that it warehouses animals and deprives them of a natural living condition where they can be cows, chickens, pigs, etc. doing cow, chicken and pig things, like lolling in the grass, and scratching for bugs and seeds and rooting around for goodies in the dirt. These are all sensitive animals that deserve to live life in the way they were intended to live it, even it they are harvested for food in the end.

I do eat some meat and poultry, not a lot, but….

I have also kept chickens and geese for years, and I’ll tell you what, both are the coolest, most curious and interesting creatures. They know their names, come when called, have individual personalities, have great learning potential and are much more intelligent than anyone cares to contemplate.

I had a little Buff Orphington hen named ‘Picnic’ for 9 years. ( They can live to roughly 10 or so ) and she was the most awesome little thing.

She preferred to sleep in a cat basket in the garage instead of in the coop with the others. She got her name from swiping goodies off the picnic table, came in the house, rode around on my shoulder. Picnic was such a great little chicken soul.

I’d eat dirt before I ate my geese.

ETpro's avatar

The industry is destructive. It has its hands deep into the pockets of politicians on both sides of the isle. Big Agri is now one of the 6 corporate complexes that run America while keeping the masses at each others’ throats fighting about left versus right.

rooeytoo's avatar

Not only is it cruel, it is actually making those who eat factory farmed products sick. The animals are so full of antibiotics to keep disease from spreading in the megacrowded conditions that when you need one to kill a bug, the bugs are now resistant. Also it has been mentioned numerous times that one reason thought to be causing early onset puberty is the hormones which supposedly are not legally fed to animals, but do you really believe that illegality would be allowed to interfere with the bottom line? I know a vet who had his ticket to practice yanked because he was doing illegal acts for a large breeding establishment. Interestingly enough he was then employed by the USDA and still is many years later. Don’t buy meat at supermarkets, eat less and when you do eat it, buy it from a source with a known origin, a local farmer or butcher you trust. That is what I do. It is good to eat vegetarian a couple of nights a week, just find your protein in beans and lentils.

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