Factory Farming Leads Animals to Death

As United States has highest meat consumption in the world, there are companies that want to produce massive amount of meat. Factory farming where thousands of animals in one location generate millions of tons of manure annually, which are established by big meat companies are causing many problems. People who want to maximize output while minimizing costs, has established factory farming that resulted farm animals to suffer from harsh living conditions and eating unnatural food.

Animals are crammed by the thousands into filthy in wire cages and metal crates, where there are no windows. Living in these conditions, animals cannot raise their families, walk around freely in the soil, and build nests, which are their natural instinct. As a result, they get tons of stress that actually affect their health significantly leading to illness and other diseases.

Not only animals suffer from terrible living conditions, they also suffer from the overuse of antibiotics, and growth hormones. Because over-crowded animals are susceptible to infection and disease, most industrial livestock facilities treat the animals with low levels of antibiotics to try to prevent illness and compensate for stressful conditions. Cows and cattle are designed to eat grass and absorb plant nutrients not unnatural feed that they are forced to eat, which make them disease breeders. Because farmers want to more meat out of animals, they make them fat by feeding them unnatural food that are genetically engineered and even with growth hormones. Therefore, animals such as cattle and chickens aberrantly get fat, resulting that they cannot even stand still because their legs cannot hold their oversized body.

There are so many problems that factory farming causing. Many people are now realizing that animals are suffering from terrible living conditions, eating unnatural food, and the fact that they are eating ill meat. If factory farming continue on without any improvement or change to make environment better, our whole country will suffer from disease not only animals. And as a customer we should avoid buying products from big companies such as Smithfield and Tyson.

By Yoon Shin


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Animal Rights

Fast food has become an integral part of the United States, but despite being so widespread, it lacks nutrition and promotes unhealthy food choices. Furthermore, the preparation of these foods often consists of brutal exploitation of animals. The documentary, Food Inc, portrays the inhumane behavior towards animals destined to be meat. Although representatives of the meat industry may argue that the processes are efficient, the production of meat should not include cruel treatment of animals but should strive towards increasing sustainability and animal welfare.

Most pet owners treat the animals in their house as a human child, providing love, food, and shelter. Cows, chickens, and pigs, which are not as different, do not even have space to move around freely. According to the lawsuit case Animal Legal Defense Fund v. Otter, over nine billion animals are killed in one year to cater to greedy corporations and hungry consumers2. Moreover, the waste of a single pig operation with 500,000 animals, surpasses that of Manhattan’s population of 1.5 million1. To accelerate the animals’ growth, workers force antibodies into them, leading to serious physical and physiological issues. This industrialized cruelty and abuse of animals is appalling enough but is becoming normalized. As displayed in the documentary, chickens are slaughtered and disassembled while still alive and screaming for their lives.

Many recognize the problem but don’t realize how debilitating it is to directly experience unhealthy meat production. The film describes the case of Kevin Kowalcyk, who died young from consuming E.coli infected beef (a result of using corn feed). In addition to unsanitary living conditions, the animals undergo physical abuse and sustain untreated injuries. Authorities and contracted farmers believe that to garner the most profit, they must produce meat in the quickest way possible, ignoring the consequential health issues and immoral actions; however, surveys conducted by the Journal of Food Law and Policy proved that 73% of Americans will support laws that provide animals with basic rights2.  An article written by University of Leeds’ professors Rory Sullivan, Nicky Amos, and Heleen A. van de Weerd at the school of Earth and Environment states that only 44% of meat producing companies have published farm animal welfare policies, indicating that more than half have not implemented care systems for animals3. Bringing the brutal handling of farm animals to light can hurt the reputation of a meat producing company, but raising awareness can result in healthier produce and more satisfied consumers.

            Basic rights, such as ability to move around freely, clean living conditions, healthy food, and painless death, should be granted to livestock. Many people consume expensive organic meat because the quality of the meat is important to them; therefore, if the cost of meat produce were to increase to cater to livestock welfare, profit would not decrease significantly. Although the problem may appear trivial, animal rights are an important and integral part of the food industry and society, and it must be addressed and fixed as soon as possible.

-Young Choi


  1. Fearing, Jennifer. “What Food, Inc. Can Teach Us About How We Treat Animals.” Civil Eats. James Beard, 01 June 2009.
  2. Holifield, Lucy L. 2016. “ANIMAL LEGAL DEFENSE FUND V. OTTER: INDUSTRIAL FOOD PRODUCTION SIMPLY IS NOT A PRIVATE MATTER.” Journal Of Food Law & Policy 12, no. 1: 16-52. Academic Search Complete, EBSCOhost
  3. Sullivan, Rory, Nicky Amos, and Heleen A. van de Weerd. 2017. “Corporate Reporting on Farm Animal Welfare: An Evaluation of Global Food Companies’ Discourse and Disclosures on Farm Animal Welfare.” Animals (2076-2615) 7, no. 3: 1-21. Academic Search Complete, EBSCOhost
  4. Fig 1. Animal equality. http://www.animalequality.net/node/844

Animals are Friends not Food

What is sustainability? Sustainability is defined as the ability to keep something at a certain level or rate. Sustaining something ensures that it stays good consistently, but does a sustainable world sound realistic? A sustainable world is hard to imagine, but this world was once our reality. In the beginning, God created a perfect world that could sustain itself. This world was in harmony with the animals. Today, eating meat is popular, but the truth is, vegetarianism brings sustainability to the animals, the human body, and the earth.

Vegetarian diets can sustain the lives of countless animals that are slaughtered because of our hunger for meat. Industries that run food business and put food on our tables don’t want to show consumers the truth of how businesses are run. The truth is that food corporations treat animals with cruelty. The food industry is treating animals as a variable or component that brings income, rather than recognizing that these animals are living creatures. In order to prevent this cruel treatment of animals, we can start by not slaughtering them in the first place. Vegetarianism eliminates the need to put these animals through this type of treatment in the first place.

Vegetarianism promotes a sustainable body. Our bodies are made by intelligent design to stay in homeostasis, a healthy balanced state. Our bodies want to stay healthy, but our choices ultimately decide how healthy we are. If we make the decision to live an unhealthy lifestyle eating meat, we are at risk for obesity. “Increased rates of obesity are significant increases in a plethora of illnesses… In sum, excessive weight gain and obesity are growing, unchecked problems in the United States.” (Williams, 2016) Obesity is a growing problem in America because Americans love to eat their meat. Meat does all types of detrimental things to your body. Meat clogs arteries, causes heart disease and promotes an unhealthy lifestyle. On the contrary, vegetarianism, promotes a strong and healthy lifestyle. If eating meat causes the fear of disease and an unhealthy lifestyle, the solution is avoiding the consumption of meat.

A vegetarian lifestyle can give a more sustainable environment. Pollution is a problem that we face. It destroys nature and lets toxic waste infect the Earth. The consequences of our mess not only affects our health but the environment’s health too. Is it worth destroying the planet God created for us because we value our consumer wishes for meat over the well-being of the Earth? If we become vegetarian, it reduces the amount of pollution we put in our world.

God created us to live in harmony with the animals around us and the environment. If we want to go back to the sustainable world God originally planned for us to live in, we should practice vegetarianism. By practicing a vegetarian lifestyle, we can sustain the health of the animals around us, the health of our bodies, and the health of the world we live in.

      by: Joshua Tumundo


Williams, Ryan T. 2016. “SIZE REALLY DOES MATTER: HOW OBESITY IS UNDERMINING      AMERICA’S NATIONAL SECURITY.” University Of Toledo Law Review 48, no. 1: 21-53. Academic Search Complete, EBSCOhost (accessed April 20, 2017).

 

 

 

Do you know what you are eating?

A study by Vegetarian Times shows that only 3.2% of Americans follow a vegetarian diet, meaning that most of the people in this country are meat eaters. There is absolutely nothing wrong with being a meat eater, and we all know that being vegetarian or vegan is way healthier. The truth is, meat tastes good, and we will continue to eat it regardless of what our vegetarian friends tell us. Here is the problem: meat is so widely enjoyed that the farmers and big companies that raise, produce, and sell them need to keep up with the large demand. They managed to figure out a way in which they can keep up with our eating habits, but the way in which they are doing it is not only producing more but also hurting the animals and putting the consumers in jeopardy. As consumers, we have a right to know the process through which our meat goes–not only to protect ourselves but also to protect the animals.

When you go to the supermarket and try to decide the meat product you are going to buy, the meat section is filled with pretty pictures of big farmland spaces with cows standing fifty feet from each other eating grass, surrounded by sunshine and butterflies. The reality is the absolute opposite. First of all, it is not even farming anymore–it is “Factory Farming.” That should give someone an idea of what “farms” today are. They are no longer large acres of land where animals can move freely, but a confined space where animals are clustered together and can barely move, without appropriate ventilation or natural sunlight. Jonathan Anomaly, a professor at Duke University says that “crowding animals together in close confinement can induce stress and suppress their immune systems, raising parasite loads and making animals more susceptible to infections…(Anomaly 246).” If the animals’ immune systems are not in good shape, who is to say that the meat we put on our tables is free of infection?

One may wonder, why are they treating the animals this way if it’s not safe? The answer is very simple, it’s cheaper. Everything in the current food industry is about money. Whatever is cheaper for the companies will ultimately make it cheaper for us.  This is truly a moral dilemma– how can we really justify the treatment that we are giving to the animals just to obtain lower prices in our meat? Why are these treatments being hidden from us, the consumers? We are the ones eating this product; we must know where it came from. The answer is given to us by Christine Parker and Josephine De Costa from Melbourne University. They say that practices like this are “seen as cruel by many consumers and activists (Parker 16).”  If the consumers were aware of the process that the animals go through before getting to their tables, they would willingly stop consuming them until the farming practices changed.

 

So, do you still want that cheeseburger?

 

Loyda Simpson


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  2. Parker, Christine, Josephine De Costa. 2016. “MISLEADING THE ETHICAL CONSUMER: THE REGULATION OF FREE-RANGE EGG LABELLING.” Melbourne University Law Review 895-949. Academic Search Complete, EBSCOhost
  3. Fig 1. Blindfolded woman. http://www.emaxhealth.com/8782/simple-trick-eating-less-suggested-new-study-science-eating

The Food Dictatorship

What we eat is vital to our health, and were we get it from directly effects how good it will be for us. People are always on the run and constantly eating fast food. They want to be healthy but it is so hard to be when the fast food that they are eating is made from processed junk. The goal would be healthy fast food right? Unfortunately that is impossible because of how our food industry operates.

There are only a few large corporations that comprise the food industry in the US: Nestlé, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Unilever, Danone, General Mills, Kellogg’s, Mars, Associated British Foods, and Mondelez (Taylor). These companies have monopolized the food market. They are the companies that engineer, raise, process, and pack the food that is sold to the fast food companies. These companies are not concerned with our health, they are only concerned with profit. They know that we crave three ingredients: sugar, salt, and fats (Food Inc.). The industry knows that when one takes a bite and taste one or more of theses three ingredients, dopamine is released in the brain. As a result, the fast food industry has manufactured food that is packed with these pleasure ingredients.That is not the only problem with these companies though. They are responsible for concentrated animal feed operations (CAFO) and all the negative environmental effect that these operations cause; as well as the diseases that people get from this poorly managed meat. Diseases like E. coli 057:H7 cause 73,000 illnesses a year, these illnesses lead to approximately  2,170 hospitalizations and 61 deaths (Rangel). It is interesting to find out that the government has the authority to recall bad products like toasters, but does not have the authority to recall contaminated, and potentially lethal meat (Schlosser).

How do we get out from underneath this dangerous food dictatorship? I purpose that family-owned farms with free range live stock and organic produce need to organize a system where they can combine forces to supply the large demands of the industry. A few cooperation’s should not be able to control the majority of the food production. The only way that this change is possible, is through legislation. This legislation will take time, and so will the healing process that the land that has been contaminated by CAFOs needs go through. The land and legislation is not the only thing that needs time; people still desire these highly processed foods and it will be a slow process to acclimate them to more healthy food choices. The change is possible, and cooperate food control will not last for ever if we start making changes now.

–Joshua Wolcott


1. Robert Kenner, Richard Pearce, Eric Schlosser, Melissa Robledo, William Pohlad, Jeff Skoll, Robin Schorr, Diane Weyermann, Elise Pearlstein, Kim Roberts, Michael Pollan, Gary Hirshberg, Joel Salatin, and Mark Adler. Dir. Richard Pearce. Perf. Eric Schlosser. “Food Inc.” TakePart, 2008. DVD.

2. Schlosser, Eric. “Fast Food Nation : The Dark Side of the All-American Meal.” Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, 2001. EBSCOhost.

3. Taylor, Kate. “These 10 Companies Control Everything You Buy.” Business Insider, 04 Apr. 2017. http://www.businessinsider.com/10-companies-control-the-food-industry-2016-9.