Factory Farming : Factory Versus Traditional Farming

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Factory Versus Traditional Farming
It has taken years to master the practice of farming, from the raising and selling of cattle, pigs, and poultry, to the ever long process of planting, growing and harvesting crops. Farming has always been a necessity to the everyday life, providing food and jobs around the world. With the increasing population there is a constant push for more and more food on less land every year, so today 's farming has been divided into two main categories, factory and traditional. Factory farming is large corporation farming, defined as a system of rearing livestock using intensive methods by which cattle, pigs, or poultry are confined indoors and under strictly controlled conditions. Traditional farming, on the other hand, is very simply defined as the activity or business of growing crops and raising livestock. The main difference being that traditional farming is done on a much smaller scale and is typically family owned. After looking through the differences in how crops are grown and harvested, and how animals are raised on each farm, there is a push for traditional farms because they are safer, more organic, and both livestock and family friendly.
In an article in the Huffington post written by Danielle Nierenberg, in 2014 the U.S. bureau said that 98% of American farmers were family farmers, and declared the year 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming. Unfortunately, this number is declining rapidly as one sees the approach of more
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