Rise of factory farms over the last two decades, small and medium-scale farms raising animals for food have given way to factory farms that confine thousands of cows, hogs and chickens in tightly packed facilities. A comprehensive research library on industrial and factory farming practices including gestation crates, poultry housing, tail docking, cafo's, and battery cages, and their effect on animal welfare, the environment, and public health. Fossil fuels more than a third of all raw materials and fossil fuels consumed in the united states are used in animal production (ecological cooking by joanne stepaniak and kathy hecker)the. Intensive animal farming or industrial livestock production, also known as factory farming, is a production approach towards farm animals in order to maximize production output, while minimizing production costs. Today, these operations are primarily large-scale factory farms that are concentrated in specific regions, states and even counties, where thousands of animals on each farm can produce more sewage than most large cities, overwhelming the capacity of rural communities to cope with the environmental and public health burdens.
A factory farm is a large, industrial operation that raises large numbers of animals for food over 95% of farm animals in the us are raised in factory farms, which focus on profit and efficiency at the expense of animal welfare. Overview total emissions in 2016 = 6,511 million metric tons of co 2 equivalent land use, land-use change, and forestry in the united states is a net sink and offsets approximately 11 percent of these greenhouse gas emissions, not included in total above. Est livestock operations to dominate animal agriculture in the united states the manure from these factory farm operations pollutes the environment and endangers public health. The us agriculture sector extends beyond the farm business to include a range of farm-related industries the largest of these are food service and food manufacturing americans' expenditures on food amount to 13 percent of household budgets on average.
Myth: farming in the united states is controlled by large corporations that care about profits and not about animal welfare fact: of the 22 million farms in the united states, 87% are owned by. Factory farming really took off in the 1960s and 70s as the fast food chain model gained popularity in the united states, it created a desire for huge quantities of cheap products, and new zealand followed suit. Across the united states, nearly 10 billion land animals are raised and killed each year for meat, eggs, and milk more than half of all confined farm animals by weight—54%—are concentrated in just 5% of the country‟s industrial animal production farms. Some people who consume animal products may think that, while factory farming exists, surely the meat they buy comes from farms that have better conditions unfortunately, organic, free range, and humane labels typically have little bearing on the actual conditions of a farm. Tell congress to ban factory farms contamination of air and water in 2012, the largest factory farms produced almost 13 times more waste than the human population of the united states.
Factory farming factory farms dominate us food production, employing abusive practices that maximize agribusiness profits at the expense of the environment, our communities, animal welfare, and even our health. Established in 1954, the nonprofit humane society of the united states, based in washington, dc, is the country's largest animal-protection organization, with 11 million members nationwide and. The united states is the world's second-largest pork producer and a major player in the world pork market, ranking second as both an importing and exporting country usda conducts market analyses on the domestic and world pork markets, including domestic supply and utilization, farm and retail pork prices, and international trade. A well-fed world is a hunger relief & animal protection organization in addition to our advocacy, we work through our partnership network to distribute vegan food to people in need, build food gardens in low-income communities, and strengthen farm animal rescue.
Value added of the agriculture sector in the united states from 2000 to 2016 (in billion us dollars) value added of the real estate sector in the us 2000-2016 total value of us agricultural. An investigator from the humane society of the united states documented the suffering endured by female breeding pigs held in severely restrictive gestation crates on a factory farm operated by a. Usda works everyday to strengthen the american agricultural economy despite the difficult economic climate of the past years, our efforts - coupled with the 2008 farm bill, the recovery act, and the hard work and resilience of america's farmers and ranchers - are helping american agriculture lead the nation's recovery. Read their report on the treatment of animals in factory farms and animal product alternatives we interviewed their program officer for farm animal welfare at length that interview covers everything below and a lot more about how to end factory farming rapidly.
The number of broiler chickens in industrial farms, for instance, has doubled to 11 billion between 1997 and 2007 and the number of hogs has increased by a third in the same period overcrowded. The food and agriculture organisation, the united nations' agency charged with thinking about such matters, published a report in 2009 which suggested that by 2050 agricultural production will. Promotes united states agriculture regulates genetically engineered organisms administeris the animal welfare act (awa) and the animal care program (acp) performs wildlife damage management activities these efforts support the overall mission of usda, which is to protect and promote food.