Target: U.S. Deputy Commissioner for Foods Michael R. Taylor
Goal: To put an end to needless and harmful factory farming in the United States.
The postwar economic climate of the 1950s put faster, cheaper, more efficient means of food production and distribution as a high priority for the nation. Unfortunately, this resulted in the rapid boom of an industry known as factory farming. This provided for much cheaper food at the expense of our environment, health, economy, and the welfare of livestock.
Factory farms are inherently inhumane, subjecting animals to entirely unacceptable conditions. One example of this would be chickens living on factory farms for their eggs. These chickens find themselves confined to cages with little more than a sheet of paper’s worth of space to move around. Likewise, dairy cows are frequently unable to ever go outside, while also being injected with hormones to produce unnatural amounts of milk. This does not even speak to the conditions of animals raised for meat. These animals are often treated even worse as farmers have no interest in preserving the lifespan of the animal.
Factory farming also has an impact which stretches beyond animals being mistreated. Ecologically, it leaves a tremendous carbon footprint which will have long-lasting environmental ramifications. There have also been findings that eating factory farmed animal products may present a health risk. There are reports of ground turkey that, due to drugs injected into the birds, contained treatment-resistant strains of salmonella. This is not the first such occurrence as multiple meat and egg recalls across the US have shown a worsening trend among factory farmed food products. Industrialized meat treated with hormones and chemicals are also often stripped of important nutrients.
As these trends grow more prevalent it becomes quite obvious that now is the time to put an end to factory farming. Stop factory farming before it destroys the health, environment, and economy of the nation.
Dear Deputy Commissioner Taylor,
Factory farming came about as a response to a rising need in the 1950’s for faster, cheaper, more efficient means of food production. This unfortunate trend reaped good short-term benefits, but at a tremendous cost. This cost has come at a price to the health and economy of the nation, as well as the welfare of its livestock.
Animals on factory farms are routinely subjected to inhumane treatment. Chickens living on egg farms often find themselves confined to cages with little more than a sheet of paper’s worth of space to move around. Likewise, dairy cows are often unable to ever go outside. This occurs while they are also being injected with hormones to produce unnatural amounts of milk. These are just a few examples which do not even speak to the conditions of animals being raised for meat. These animals are often treated even worse as farmers have no consideration to at least preserve the lifespan of the animal.
This animal cruelty is not the only compelling reason to move the nation away from factory farming. The environment itself is harmed by the tremendous carbon footprint left by factory farms. Extending even beyond this, food produced by factory farms also have proven to be a health risk. There are reports of ground turkey that, due to drugs injected into the animals, have contained treatment-resistant strains of salmonella. This is not the first such occurrence as multiple meat and egg recalls show these issues to be on the rise.
There can be only one solution to this. For the welfare of our animals, protection of our environment, and health of our population, the time has come to put an end to factory farming in the United States.
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