Factory farming

Does anyone want food that is (and unnecessarily) the number one cause of global warming? Does anyone want to make animals suffer? If we take these agreements as our starting point - rather than the strange and not-particularly relevant questions about the ‘rightness’ and ‘wrongness’ of eating animals - I am quite sure we will make progress and quickly.
— Jonathan Safran Foer


overview of factory farming

Chances are the majority of the food you consume is a product of the factory farm system.  And whether you are a meat-eater or vegetarian, factory farming affects all of our lives in a variety of ways.  While the treatment that these animals endure is inhumane in the deepest sense of the word, factory farming is not exclusively an animal welfare issue.  It also has significant social, health and environmental effects.



An overview of how cows are treated for the production of dairy, veal and beef.



An overview of how chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys are treated for the production of poultry.



An overview of the treatment of pigs for the production of pork.



The underwater version of factory farming is called aquaculture, and it refers to farms on which fish are confined to pens and harvested.

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An overview of the treatment farm animals endure during the process of being brought to slaughter.

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Food labels explained

There are a great variety of labels on animal products. Our overview will help you learn which ones matter when you're shopping, and which ones are meaningless.

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These books, movies, and websites offer more information on food production.