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What are the problems with factory farms?


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.


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HEALTH RISKS


Factory farms can create health hazards for their neighbors, and for the general public because overcrowded conditions make it easy for disease to spread.



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ABUSING ANTIBIOTICS


Many factory farms give low levels of antibiotics to animals for a long period of time - perfect conditions for developing antibiotic resistant bacteria.




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ANIMAL WELFARE PROBLEMS


Factory farms also are detrimental to the animals themselves.






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TOO MUCH MANURE


The largest factory farms produced almost 13 times more waste in 2012 than the human population of the United States.




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LOSING INDEPENDENT FARMERS


Most farmers have not benefited from the shift to factory farming.






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