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Free Range Farming vs. Factory Farming

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Maura Garrison

on 14 May 2014

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Transcript of Free Range Farming vs. Factory Farming

Free Range Farming
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Free Range Farming
Factory Farming
My Opinion
Factory Farming
Free range farming is considered a safe alternative to factory farming. Free range farming allows animals to be outside in a large area. They are not given antibiotics to improve growth, therefore the antibiotics aren't passed onto humans. They are treated better and aren't put under such stressful conditions. Since they have more space the animals don't fight. There are also organically laid eggs that are laid by organically raised chickens. Studies show that since the animals aren't under stress their meat is healthier and better tasting.
Factory farms have many disadvantages though. Hundreds of thousands of animals are kept on these farms. They often receive little to no light and they have very little room to move. These animals are put under very stressful conditions and often fight and kill each other. They are given antibiotics to help them grow unnaturally fast and these are passed onto humans.
However, there are some cons to free range farming. Without the antibiotics that help them grow, the animals are smaller. The portion sizes for the meat are smaller. Also, because of the high demand for organically raised meat, the prices are higher. Free range animals also face the risk of being killed by predators.
Along with all farms that produce animal products, free range farming has inherent risks. However, I feel that the benefits of free range farming far out weigh the risks. Also free range farming is much healthier for the animals, humans, and the environment. Many people say they prefer free range farming over factory farming but in reality factory farmed animals still make up 99% of animal products sold in the United States.
Factory farming accounts for more than 99% of animals farmed in the US. Factory farming took off in the 1960s and 70s when fast food chains gained popularity. Factory farming has some benefits, contrary to popular belief. With more animals on these large farms, costs for raising these animals are low. With low prices to raise the animals, the costs for consumers are also low. Large factory farms provide employment as well. With the large amount of animals that the farms raise, they must use the most efficient equipment.
Free Range Farming vs. Factory Farming
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By Maura Garrison
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