Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Problem with Factory Farms

Factory farms, or as the industry calls them “Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations” (CAFO), are the commercial equivalent of the small family farm. What Wal-Mart is to shopping, factory farms are to agriculture.
From a strictly money-making standpoint, factory farms make sense. A large number of animals, typically 1,000 or more, are raised in one small area, fed cheap (typically grain-based) food, and supplemented with hormones and antibiotics to maximize their growth potential.
Things like access to pasture or natural foods, sunlight and fresh air are not a part of this world. These would be superfluous to an industry that is solely interested in producing the maximum amount of meat for the least amount of money.
Unfortunately, their business model has been working. As Time magazine reported, 2 percent of U.S. livestock facilities produce 40 percent of farm animals!
But as David Kirby’s new book Animal Factory reveals, this irresponsible “big business” attitude toward farming and food is having disastrous consequences, for both your health and that of the environment. Read more.

SOURCE: Healthier Talk

This is what happens when we choose quantity over quality.