Factory Farming Essay

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This is A essay i did for a final or sotmhing idk!

Submitted: September 12, 2012

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Submitted: September 12, 2012



Eng -111

Ms. Garibaldi


Just imagine you are an animal; pig, cow, or chicken being raised indoors. It’s cramped the food taste drugged but, you don’t know why your here or where you will go. All you know it’s just life to you. The doors of you pen open you and others are lead out into trucks. After a hour drive the truck stop the doors open and your lead out to another room the smell of blood and gore enter your nose you see workers line up other animals and you see what they’re doing you know in your heart you are going to die. Good for jobs but bad for the environment this is factory farming.

What is this factory farming and why do we do it. Well according to http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-factory-farming.htm .  It is a method of food and fiber production which exploits animals and the environment. It is also a way to provide food at lower costs to consumers. (Pg1 of 4) Why do we do it? In my opinion well what I think is mostly to help with jobs and to feed the millions of American and people around the world. Also it provides an in site on how we get are food an eat it. I never even heard the term factory farming until now.  It provides a lot of jobs to people the ones who raise them and the ones who inspect them. To of the big corporations are the USDA or United States Department of Agriculture and the FDAThe Food and Drug Administration. There jobs are to keep animals safe and the food clean. (1)

“What I saw when I walked into the plant looked like illustrations for Dante’s Inferno.” Says Gail Eisnitz quoting a man in her book (SlaughterHouse 25).What is the problems of factory farming?  There are numerous of hazards in factory farming.  It has a big effect on the animals it takes away the animal’s freedom and the ability to take care of its self. The control of life support goes to the animal to the machines and managers. If there is a power failure, a slight maladjustment, or a minor mistake it can quickly cause the death of a very large number of animals. They are also vulnerable to less obvious hazards as well. Young birds die of thirst because they do not learn to drink from the watering devices; after debeaking, they can starve to death within inches of food. Because of the large number of factory farming animals and the lack of ventilation can be critical, especially in hot weather. The metabolic activities produce heat and a “hot air envelope” which develops around the body of an animal. If the temperature becomes too high the animal may fall over and die (Mason and Singer 31-32).

What about the food we eat is it affected?  Well most of the animal s in the factory farms has been given drugs or steroids to make them grow faster. Or so I have heard.  And if they are harvested then we to when we eat it in take the drugs and steroids still left in the meat. According to the book; In addition to the antibiotics the factory farms also use families of drugs against a wide variety of diseases. The following are a few groups I will list the main was there are smaller ones inside the mains was but I will list the effects for the entire main groups: Sulfonamides- it is used against atrophic rhinitis and pneumonia in pigs, against mastitis in dairy cows and against fowl cholera in poultry. , Nitrogen heterocyclic-used against black head in turkeys and swine dysentery and bacterial swine enteritis., Nitro furans- these are used I poultry and pigs to control diseases cause d by bacteria and protozoa. ,

Benzimidazoles – drugs used to control parasites in cattle. , and finally Productivity Boosters- in pig and poultry operations the principal growth promotes are antibiotics. Some thirty percent of antibiotics in feed added for their growth promoting effect. (Mason and Singer 67)

According to “Farming in the Developing World” since the nineteen sixties, farm health in the United States has depended not on humane farming by the use of antibiotics.  Many of the drugs used to treat human illnesses are also used in animal problems. This reduces the drug arsenal to fight food born illnesses other health problems. Antibiotics resistance has become a global threat (http://search.ebscohost.com/login/aspx?direct=true&db=f5h&AN=9600466&site=ehostlive).

How are we affected in the environment? Well according to the same source above. Well before they get to the slaughter house there are mountains of poop that are created by the cow and are very toxic. And since North Carolina knows more about since the number of hog slaughters has increased. This leaves a lot of filth both liquid and solid. Then when Hurricane Floyd hit it spread the filth and stuff in the air, on the ground, and in the water. Talk about nasty right if this can happen in North Carolina it can happen any where (http://search.ebscohost.com/login/aspx?direct=true&db=f5h&AN=9600466&site=ehostlive).

The organic farming what is it? When you first look at it organic farming seems to represent a clear opposition to the industrial agriculture, defined for the moment as that which is made more factories like in order to be more productive and profitable. Organic farming ostensibly incorporates and builds upon complicated natural systems, in sharp contrast to simplification and standardization that often characterizes industrial agriculture (Guthman pg3).

Is organic safer? Well in my opinion it is safer to the fact that most organic farmers don’t use chemicals on their crops or in there feed. They raise their animals in an open pasture. This reduces the chemical posion and intoxication of are food products. It may be unsanitary but it is safer. Factory farms use chemicals and drugs to purify, I think organic use some pesticides or just sheer luck or the right growing process to make their food grow.

Why go green? Why not? You can make a difference on the economy and the earth by going green. It will help the economy by saving a lot of money on product awareness and make us healthier. Also if we go green we reduce the unwanted chemicals and drugs in are food or in are bodies. It also helps stop global warming.

Can we still eat meat and not humanely factory farm or not factory farm at all? Well according to an online site it says; we can produce enough food for everyone without factory farming. It also states that we can eat meat several times a week whilst feeding the world using planet friendly and humane farming methods. Plus, according to this site by 2050 the global population would be over nine billion people, the researchers found that a diet equivalent to eating meat three times a day would allow forests to remain untouched and animals to be farmed in free-range conditions and greener farming methods would be used. But if we feed the world in a planet-friendly way means there will be little room for bio-fuel crops for cars. (http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=n5h&AN=16PU3030084554&site=ehost-live).

I’m going to start to wrap this up by providing facts your might have not know and it will help your decisions. According to “Factory farming: A Moral Issue” in the united states somewhere between twenty to forty million birds and mammals are killed for research each year. But, forty million represents less than two days toll in Americas slaughter houses, which kill about ten billion animals each year.  

In the book “Slaughter house” there is a picture and description on how cows are slaughtered. Step 1. Cattle are driven into knock box or restrainer. Step 2. Animal receives a blow to the head from a captive bolt device.  Step 3. Is shackled hoisted and stuck. Step 4. Animal bleeds out. Step 5. They are skinned head and legs removed. Step6. It is cut in half. (Slaughterhouse pg 22-23)

Did you know? That in Korea has the added dimension of huge intensive dog farming industry, one that is essentially lawless, and on a lesser scale, it also has a bear farming industry. Also around the world and in Korea, modern and intensive farming methods mean that most animals live their whole life imprisoned in small spaces and suffer under appalling conditions. Just for the sakes of human stomachs, billions of animals yearly endure tortures before being slaughtered. In fact over 53 billion animals and birds are tortured and slaughtered around the world in farming operations (. http://animalrightskorea.org/factory-farming/factory-farming.html)

In conclusion of the facts I think that we should be nicer and gentle with the animals we eat.  We also need to cut down on drugs and toxins used to clean and purify the meat. If we do this we can still keep the jobs and eat meat at the same. We should all learn form are mistakes and try to see if we can make the world better for both animals and people. I hope you make the choice.



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