Why are mega farms bad?



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    There are a number of reason large industrial farms are bad.  The reason depend greatly on what is being farmed.  In the case of meat production, concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFO’s) raise cows, poultry, and pigs by utilizing unnatural methods of overfeeding, hormone and steroid use, and minimal exercise to expedite the birth to table life cycle.  Humans, intern, ingest the hormones and steroids used on the animals which can lead to serious health problems. 

    The large concentration of animals makes disposing of waste incredibly difficult for farm owners.  In the majority of cases, CAFO’s in close proximity to water sources pollute rivers, streams, and lakes with animal waste which creates unhealthy conditions for marine wildlife and recreational use for humans.  Additionally, waste can seep into aquifers which permanently contaminates the water source which are often used by humans.

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    Large agricultural operations are also a bad thing in terms of biodiversity.  Large farms are run on an industrial production model by corporations.  This means that environmental concerns will almost invariably be put on the backburner to, “providing a profit to our shareholders”.  These farms often incorporate huge amounts of nitrogen fertilizer, much of which runs off into streams causing acidification and anoxic conditons.  Soil is also destroyed through erosion and salinization.  These large farms are also primarily moncropping systems using genetically modified crops.  Monocropping limits biodiversity which creates problems for pollinators as well as other forms of farm wildlife.  Genetically modified plants have a whole host of problems that impact the health of consumers and the ecosystem.

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