Factory Farming And Its Effects On The Mass Production Of Animals

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Factory farming also known as Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) is the raising of livestock for human consumption in which vast amounts of food are produced at minimal cost. Products such as meat, milk, and eggs are all staples of this practice. It is easy to identify these farms from their distinct characteristics of confining their animals. Animals such as cows, pigs, chickens, and turkeys are confined to very small quarters and fed out while being pumped full of hormones and antibiotics. This method of farming has essentially become a means to an end in order to feed the ever-growing appetite for meat. Although this practice may keep the cost of food reasonable, there are many detrimental effects associated with the mass production of animals. Many people remain unaware, while others chose to ignore the risk related to the consumption of low quality food produced by such farms. Regardless of the large quantities of meat produced at minimal cost factory farming is a reckless practice that contributes directly to environmental hazards, public health, and animal cruelty.
Factory farming produces some of the worst environmental hazards of our time. The meat industry is responsible for large amounts of uncontrolled toxic waste, most of which ends up in lakes and rivers thus polluting the water. Pesticides are very dangerous to humans when introduced to the water supply. Direct exposure to these chemicals can lead to chemical burns, convulsions, and nausea, however
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