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free range vs factory farming

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Brooke Combs

on 1 December 2012

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Farming Free Range vs. Factory Farming Small farms are better than factory farms because of animal health, human health and it helps keep small farmers in business. Free range farming is the oldest method of farming known to man kind. Free range farming is not cost efficient but it is a much healthier way of production for both the animal and the consumer. In the 1920s technology and the discovery of Vitamin A&D in animal nutrition lead to the discovery of mass production which made livestock production cheaper and quicker for farmers. This lead to Factory farming. FREE RANGE FARMING . The quality of meat from livestock that come off of a free range farm has a higher quality compared to those that come from a factory farm According to Scott Judd D.V.M., animals that are found on free range farms have unlimited access to all of the fresh air that is needed in their daily life, instead of being kept in the same area like they would be found on a factory farm. Free Range farms have enough pasture that is needed for gregarious animals such as a cow. Cows need a sufficient amount of grass in their daily diets to keep some of their main body systems operating. The grass that is consumed helps a cow create saliva which is then used as an aid to neutralize acids ("Sustainable Table"). FREE RANGE FARMING Researchers conducted a study testing the fatty acids that are found in meat from these farms has 21% less total fat, 30% less saturated fat and 28% fewer calories than their factory farm meat ("Sustainable Table"). Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is found in the meat of grass fed animals such as beef, lamb, and poultry. Omega-6 comes from seeds of plants which would be in the animals grain feed. Omega-3 is found in chlorophyll in the green leaves of plants (grass, or hay) ("Sustainable Table"). Omega-3 helps every system in a human’s body function properly, the cardiovascular system, immune system function better when consuming meats from free range farms ("Sustainable Table"). Factory Farming Factory farms practice animal cruelty and have poor living conditions for their animals. Animals are confined in small cages or compacted into a small room to increase their growth rates due to technological advancements in the 1900s. When factory farms spray their animals manure on the ground it can cause a run off and drain into the groundwater and contaminate drinking water for the area ("National Resource Defense Council"). Factory farms treat animals with antibiotics to help prevent the spread of diseases, and to also to promote faster growth rates. These antibiotics then can run off into the soil and contributes to the antibiotic-resistance chain ("National Resource Defense Council"). The discovery of Vitamin A&D is one of the leading contributions to factory farms. When the two vitamins were discovered scientist decided it would be helpful in quickly reproducing a raising livestock factory farm begun to increase the levels of Vitamin A&D in the animals daily diets. Meat markets, small butcher shops and grocery stores then started to purchase their meat products from factory farms. Factory farms are able to produce and sell meat for a lower cost compared to the small farmers Free Range Farms is the way to go because: The animals environment is much cleaner.
Animals health is a lot better because they get fresh air whenever they would like.
Humans get dietary benefits and the three major fatty acids that are needed to make body systems function properly.
Free Range Farms also help keep local and small livestock producing farms in business.
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