Mega farms are on the rise

Even though large farms can keep food costs low, as the human population continues to grow, we have to think about the costs to our health and the health of the animals and the environments involved.

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Mega farms are large industrialized farms in which massive numbers of farm animals are raised indoors in conditions intended to maximize production at minimal cost.

The United Kingdom has accumulated over 800 livestock mega farms, which many would call cruel, harmful and unnecessary. A majority of these farms have gone unnoticed, mostly by expanding existing facilities rather than purchasing new property.

These mega farms and industrial-scale farms have received a lot of negative attention for many reasons. Small business farmers are being pushed out of the industry. Locals around the farms are concerned about the smells, noise, pollution, disease outbreaks and the impact on the land around them. Animal rights activists are concerned about the welfare of the animals.

Antibiotics are often given to these factory farm animals to make the animals grow faster, to keep them alive in unsanitary conditions and to increase production.

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Even though large farms can keep food costs low, as the human population continues to grow, we have to think about the costs to our health and the health of the animals and the environments involved.

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