Factory Animal Farms
By Pierre Mouchette | Bits-n-Pieces
You may not think about where your animal protein comes from, but the conditions in which most cattle and poultry is produced may make you sick. It may drive the most enthusiastic carnivore into the rank of committed vegan.
Almost all U.S. meat comes from raised or fattened animals in 'factory farms' known as Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs). These industrial operations have grown exponentially and pack thousands and sometimes tens of thousands of animals together. The largest 2 percent of facilities now hold more than 40 percent of all U.S. livestock. The animals confined in these operations produce more than 500 million tons of manure a year. They cause significant water and air pollution while emitting nitrous dioxide and methane, two potent greenhouse gases.
Americans eat a lot of meat and poultry raised on CAFOs. Wikipedia shares: Most poultry were raised in CAFOs starting in the 1950s, and most cattle and pigs by the 1970s and 1980s. By the mid-2000s, CAFOs dominated livestock and poultry production in the United States, and the scope of their market share is steadily increasing.
Factory farm animals live in crowded, dirty conditions, most often infested with flies and rodents. The animals' water is often contaminated with pollutants from the housing conditions. The following is for your information and consideration:
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