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Grass Fed Farms Vs Organic Farms

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Workers Locally Grown/Organic/Grass Fed As we know there are differences between locally grown, organic, and grass fed beef however, the farmers working conditions are not so different. Grass-fed farms feed their cattle the closest they can to a natural diet of year round pasture grazing and substitutes such as; alfalfa and hay in the off season. On organic farms workers strive to follow the USDA guidelines and are always ready for yearly inspections. Local also known as independent farmers may raise their cattle to be grass fed, organic, conventional or mixed. These farms raise large herds but not nearly as large as conventional factory farms. On Organic farms long hours and hard work are spent ensuring the land is certified organic, the…show more content…
Cattle do not take holidays off and need feed, water, graze time, cleaning, vet care, and the lot or barn cleaned frequently. These are demanding and never ending tasks that require long hours. Farm owners and employed family members it becomes more than a job it becomes your life. For those farms who grow and harvest their own feed, weather disturbances and delays may cause stress. The economy may cause health issues brought on by stress due to the inability to not compete with the top few factory farms that run as an oligopoly. Top selling factory farms control the market by keeping meat prices low to cause a decline of other cattle farmers. Small farms such as the locally owned farms know it is impossible to compete and barely break-even. As factory farms gain ahead by increasing acreage or invest more into production locally owned, organic, and grass-fed farms fall farther behind. Many independently owned cattle farms depend on activities other than farming as their main source of income. The economic frustration of trying to stay afloat in this economy causes mental health issues such as stress, anxiety and instills fear for the future of their farm property. Changes need to be made separating this oligopoly market. The U.S.D.A. and F.D.A. should adjust their regulations to not expedite factory farming at the expense of human and animal health. They…show more content…
Department of Agriculture, cattle farms make up 31% of all livestock operations, making it the most abundant and largest single segment of American agriculture (cattle industry). The U.S.D.A also states that, “there are more than 1 million beef producers in the United States who are responsible for more than 94 million heads of beef cattle” a year (cattle industry). This rate increases as factory farming capitalizes the market. The majority of factory farms place an unhealthy amount of concentration into maximizing their profits. Their method to maximize profits is by becoming more “efficient”. To become more efficient they must increase the number of cattle, their weight, and line speed. They do this with little thought, care or fidelity of humanity. Factory farms and slaughterhouses also do what they can to domineer government regulations and prevent plant inspections. As we have learned in Fast Food Nation some plants will falsify records, belittle injuries and refuse or make worker compensation insurance difficult to receive. Actions from factory farms have shown they are morally and ethically wrong but, somehow considered lawful. These farms with intent have failed to uphold their fidelity, honesty and harm to not only the government but also their
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