Hungry for a Change: Factory Farms Essay

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Everyone has heard the horror stories of what goes on in industrial agriculture, or factory farms. Animals are shoved around, in lines, all awaiting their eminent slaughter for the production of meat products. Workers throw baby pigs around and abuse the animals just because they can. Groups such as PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) are adamant that the factory farms get shut down and do everything they can to get the public known of the horrors that go on. However, what most people do not realize is that farms are still agriculture and agriculture is necessary for the production of crops, meat, and other nutrients necessary to survive. PETA has been one-sided in showing that farms do horrible things such as dehorn…show more content…
Wender noticed that increase in farms and is able to show a great example of it. Over the past fifty years, the number of swine farms has decreased from over one million to 65,000 in the United States. Overall though, hog production has increased. It would make sense if meat production would decrease as the number of farms is decreasing. However, that is not the case because farms are being forced to change with the times. They are now able to use technology and more efficient methods even though it may not be the best for the environment or society surrounding it (Wender). Swine production is not the only livestock that is increasing its number of animals in a small space. In 2006, an average California dairy production had over nine hundred cows in one farm which was an increase of 39% from just ten years past. California, which is well-known for their dairy productions, has had their dairy farms in a steady decline while their average milking herd size increasing (Ferreira). Having a plethora of factory farms means that there are a large amount of animals in a confined space which generates a large amount of waste. For example, one hog farm with 10,000 animals can produce as much waste as a city of 100,000 people (Wender). Methane gas is a byproduct of all the waste created from the farms, and unfortunately there is nowhere to put the gas but have it evaporate upwards into the ozone layer.
Global warming is a major topic of

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