Factory Farming and Its Effects on the Environment

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Sheri Lupo English 112 Factory Farming and its Effects on our Health, the Environment, and the Welfare of Animals The term “factory farming” has more to it than it sounds. Factory farming is a term that makes up a multitude of disturbing images, from rows of animals packed tightly into gigantic warehouses and misused workers striving for substandard wages, to massive amounts of pollutants spilling into the environment. It is a big business that tries to maximize profits and minimize cost through the mass production of cheap meat, dairy, and eggs. Factory farms hurt animals and people and also destroy the environment. It has become a major contributor in the alarming…show more content…
With all this mass production of meat and eggs and dairy, it is no wonder our health is affected as a result of unsanitary conditions and over-drugged and over-stressed animals. The public is at risk for E. coli poisoning, salmonella poisoning, Mad Cow Disease, the swine flu, the bird flu, all which are transmittable from animal to human. Eighty percent of our nation’s antibiotics produced are distributed to farm animals, not to keep them from getting sick, but to make them grow bigger, faster and to be able to tolerate living in crowded quarters. The American Academy of Pediatrics says that this has contributed to the emergence of virulent supergerms that are resistant to antibiotics. In Sabrina Tavernise’s article, “Farm Use of Antibiotics Defies Scrutiny,” she speaks with the director of the Emerging Pathogens Institute at the University of Florida, and he states, “The single biggest problem we face in infectious disease today is the rapid growth of resistance to antibiotics. Human use contributes to that, but use in animals clearly has a part too” (Tavernise). Another health concern is obesity. With the mass production of cheap milk, eggs, meat, and dairy, the public is consuming more and more. Obesity is a massive problem today and is on the rise. People are consuming massive amounts of meat and cheese products and are developing chronic illnesses like Heart Disease, Diabetes, and Cancer. In turn, this increases America’s health care bill by billions of
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