The Food Industry And Its Impact On The Society

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Half a century ago, farm animals were raised on open fields, breathing fresh air, and grazing on pastures. Today, over 99% of farm animals in the U.S. are raised in industrialized factory farms, which focus on profit and efficiency as opposed to the animal’s welfare. The industry has forgotten the importance of the animals’ health and wellbeing and has become obsessed with profit to the point that it is negatively impacting the animals in the industry. The food industry needs to be reformed to return the focus of the farms to the animals in order to protect them from cruel and inhumane treatment or practices. The wide open fields that farm animals used to be raised on are a thing of the past. In order for the factory farms to make more profit, they confine the animals to limited space because the less room they take up, the higher their profit to land ratio is. Of all the animals, chickens by far suffer the most when it comes to space and confinement, “the chickens live crammed together...because they live in their own waste, high ammonia levels irritate and burn their eyes, throats and skin” (ASPCA). The factory farms are not concerned with the comfort or health of the chickens because it does not affect their profit. A sore throat or sores on the surface of their skin will not change their value. Chickens are not alone in this. “At just two to three weeks old, piglets are removed from their mothers and placed in large, windowless sheds without fresh air, sunlight or
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