Sustainable Farming Essay

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Support Sustainable Farming Kristin Chez DeVry University In 1920, a chicken would take 16 weeks to reach a weight of 2.2 pounds. Now with the innovation of modern farms, specialized feeds and animal pharmaceuticals we can raise chickens to weigh 5 pounds in just 7 weeks. To put the growth rate into perspective, you can compare it to a child weighing 350 pounds by age 2. This phenomenon is the result of a new agriculture industry, where farmers are rewarded with huge profits while reducing costs, land and capital. In-turn these industrialized agriculture facilities, known as AFOs (Animal Feeding Operations) and CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations), are providing consumers with cheaper products more quickly. These facilities can efficiently keep animals in one place for quick feeding and production purposes. However, what seems like a wondrous boon for the farming industry has brought a gradual end to traditional family farms because of the inability to compete with the industrial market. With the agriculture industry boom, profits skyrocketed and further innovation for improvement brought a resulting boost in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry. These industries have successfully worked together to improve their profits and by overlooking the importance of quality and focusing on quantity. Industrial farming has demonstrated little regards for the environment, the well-being of animals and consumer health; supporting sustainable organic farming and eliminating industrial farm industries will improve the environment and the health of our overall society. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a farm is considered an Animal Feeding Operation if animals are kept in confined situations where their feed is brought to them for at least 45 days (EPA). A Concentrated Feeding Operation (CAFO) facility hold many
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