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Factory Farming: Decoded

What comes to your mind when you hear “farming”? Agricultural activities, lush green lands with crops, people working in the fields and so on. Alright, what about “factory farming”? Are you aware about factory farming? Whatever your answer is, I would ask you to read further. In this post I will explain everything about factory farming and why it is necessary for everyone to know its effects on the environment, animals and human beings.

What is factory farming?

Factory farming is farming of animals. Animals in factory farms are raised for food, skin, and other animal derived products. These farms are highly concentrated with livestock. Factory farms are an industrialized setup of animal agriculture, where animals are raised in confinement with a hidden motive.

There has been a massive surge in the world population since the last 100 years. More people, more demand for food. Consequently, the high demand for food opened the gate for factory farming. Factory farming began in the mid 20th century. It started production of meat in heavy quantities to satisfy the demand. However, it ended up creating more demand for meat by making it affordable.

Factory farms turned out to be a colossal economic opportunity because it was producing meat at a minimal cost. Hidden or more clearly, the main motive of these factory farms was profit maximization.

Factory farms rear all domesticated animals, such as cattle, horses, pigs, chickens, poultry, fishes, turkeys, ducks, and so many more. The primary objective of factory farming is production of meat in bulk quantities with minimal cost.

Harmful effects of factory farming