Advice from Dr. Farmfacts

For Kids

Dear Dr. Farmfacts,

I know that factory farming is bad for me and my health, but what makes it so bad?


Sincerely,

Curious Cathy

Dear Curious Cathy,

First lets define factory farming. Factory farming is when animals live in tightly packed cages, crates and sheds. The animals are also given medicine and antibiotics to help them stay alive in the conditions they have to face. After these animals are killed in slaughter houses they are shipped to supermarkets to be sold and bought. That is where we come to your health and the environment's health. Factory farms pollute more than all of the trains, plains, and cars in the world! They are also the top reason of greenhouse gases. Eating factory farmed meat can increase your risk of obesity, heart disease, stroke, and some cancers. If you ate no meat you would live on average, 6 to 10 years longer than if you still ate meat. Meat from farmed animals can clog up your two main veins (called corroded arteries) and cause a stroke. And all of the chemicals and antibiotics injected into the animals can make you resistant to some of the most important medicines and antibiotics ever created! Excrement (feces and urine) pollution can cause, depression, skin infections, and even death for people who live near factory farms. So, Curious Cathy, if you want to try to stay healthy, try a meatless Monday! You just take one day of every week (or ever other week) to eat all meatless. That simple!


Sincerely,

Dr. Farmfacts

Dear Dr. Farmfacts,

I love animals, and I would like to know what happens to animals in factory farms?


Sincerely,

Inquiring Izzy

Dear Inquiring Izzy,

What happens in a factory farm can be horrible. Just think about this, Paul McCartney said "If factory farms had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian." Animals are deprived of exercise to make all of their energy go to producing meat, eggs, and milk for humans. The animals are fed antibiotics to keep them alive in conditions that usually would kill them. Animals also have their body's changed to make much more milk than they naturally would. Chicken sheds hold up to 40,000 chickens, each in factory farms. Over the past 50 years factory farms have become the #1 reason of animal cruelty. Below their are a few images of factory farming.


Sincerely,

Dr. Farmfacts

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