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Good- Cheap and Efficient Bad - Pollution and Cruelty
Debate Score:307
Arguments:77
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Factory Farms - Good or Bad

Proponents of factory farming feel that it is a low-cost efficent way to produce massive amounts of meat in a short amount of time.

Opponents feel that the environmental costs and the heartless treatment of animals outweigh any savings.

Please support your opinion with at least 2 cited facts and reply to at least 2 people on the other side

Good- Cheap and Efficient

Side Score: 133
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Bad - Pollution and Cruelty

Side Score: 174
7 points

A little over 300 Million human beings live in the United States. We, as a society, have found a cheap and efficient way of feeding the massive amount of citizens in the US. Factory Farming provides a cheap, cost effective way of producing mass amounts of food with more revenue than expenses. Many argue that these are a bad thing, but currently they allow everyone in America to buy food for cheap and affordable prices. These large factory farms also invest into the community that they are near, and help benefit our community in various ways. There are undoubtedly certain inequities involved with the treatment and handling of the animals that are used to feed our nation, but sacrifices must be made to ensure that our nation doesn’t starve or go bankrupt. If we still depended on small family farming to supply our nation, food prices would be much higher and we probably wouldn’t be able to thrive as a nation and community. In conclusion, if you have ever eaten off the dollar menu, and you’re against factory farming then you are a hypocrite. Bam.

2 years ago | Side: Good- Cheap and Efficient
xyze(39) Disputed
3 points

The costs you mention aren't anywhere near making the nation "bankrupt". Take for instance a switch from battery to free-range eggs. This would significantly decrease the harm suffered by millions of chickens and only cost the average citizen about $0.74 extra in eggs per month. This is based on data produced by a pro-battery (pro-factory farming) report.

If We, as a society, can send men to the Moon, we can feed our citizens and avoid torturing millions of animals. We as a nation have the capacity to address animal cruelty, environmental, and economical issues when it comes to food production.

Animals aren't machines. Our aim should not be to only make them more efficient and more profitable regardless of the non-monetary costs.

(Source: http://www.unitedegg.org/information/pdf/Promar_Study.pdf) )

2 years ago | Side: Bad - Pollution and Cruelty
1 point

Additionally, feeding the world with meat is not the way to go. Think about it-- around 10% of the energy contained in plants is made available in the meat of the animals who eat it. No matter how "efficient" meat production is, 90% of the energy that could have been available to hungry people nationwide and worldwide is lost. The taste of meat could never be worth such a sacrifice to starving humans, tortured animals, and the damaged environment. http://ffacoalition.org/media/

41 days ago | Side: Bad - Pollution and Cruelty
5 points

Factory farming helps provide jobs to people in need of them because it is such a huge industry. With all the animals they have, they have the ability to make food cheaply and efficiently, and still have money left over to pay their workers and make profit. If they have extra money they sometimes invest in the communities in which they operate in, as a thank you type thing.

2 years ago | Side: Good- Cheap and Efficient
5 points

Factory farming is important because it alows us to have mcdonalds and other fast food places. Also it alows us to get are food quicker and more of it. It also makes food cheaper in supermarkets like shaws and stop and shop. It helps us get milk and alot of it very easily. It allows us to feed large cities very easily, and they give people jobs. They invest in the communities they are located in.

2 years ago | Side: Good- Cheap and Efficient
SeanODonnell(19) Disputed
4 points

But by having places like McDonalds, It puts real farms out of buisness.

2 years ago | Side: Bad - Pollution and Cruelty
mattgenereux(10) Disputed
1 point

does it really matter? people are still getting their food either way. Who cares if its from a farm or a McDonalds.

2 years ago | Side: Good- Cheap and Efficient
5 points

As someone who enjoys fast food as much as the next guy, factory farming is something that this nation needs. We need it to hold us together, and feed all of us in a cost efficient, and fast way. Although the disadvantages are costly to our livestock, it’s the fast and easiest way to feed us. With the introduction of factory farming, farm’s produce things such as; vegetables, fruits, and poultry, in a less expensive way. This means that less fortunate people can afford a balances and nutritious diet. Also, in factory farming, the large productivity of food is possible with less amount of land. This leads to economies of scale and allows us to make more food, using less land, which saves us tones of money. We can produce high yields, increased profits, lower prices, and in terms of the latter, it is a cheaper prices, healthy food for the poor.

2 years ago | Side: Good- Cheap and Efficient
5 points

factory farming is cheap and efficient. It processes meat that is very cheap and is quick to make. With all the people in our country, having cheap processed food is good. Why do you think McDonalds is able to sell cheeseburgers for a dollar? because of all the meat that is processed in facotry frams.

2 years ago | Side: Good- Cheap and Efficient
erryfly(14) Disputed
6 points

The making of the meat may be cheap and quick but they way the animals are treated is poorly. They are raised to be killed and at birth they are injected with hormones that make them grow to be big to fast which results in an extremely short life.

2 years ago | Side: Bad - Pollution and Cruelty
JaimeRullo(9) Disputed
3 points

They're going to be food regardlessly; how long they live is irrelevant.

2 years ago | Side: Good- Cheap and Efficient
5 points

Factory farming produces more food, faster and cheaper. Since the industry is so big it provides many jobs for people. It allows us to produce and buy meat at a reasonable price. Since it is so efficient, the factories put money into the communities they operate in. Without factory farming we would be paying a lot more because there wouldn’t be as much food produced

2 years ago | Side: Good- Cheap and Efficient
Hussain246(8) Disputed
2 points

but then how were we surviving before factory farming? there was still a lot of food its not even about the food its about the MONEY! people in this world are just to greedy for MONEY so they just start KILLING

248 days ago | Side: Bad - Pollution and Cruelty
Achtung(110) Disputed
1 point

Human population are increasing!!!!!!!!!!!! Ofcourse they managed in the past lol

248 days ago | Side: Good- Cheap and Efficient
nerdybirdie(4) Disputed
1 point

Keep in mind that factory farmed animals live life in the dark, crowded with thousands of others in one room, have their bodies mutilated, are constantly sick, are separated from family and prevented from living normal lives, and die prematurely so meat prices can stay low. Is a slightly steeper price too much to ask to spare animals from that? http://ffacoalition.org/media/

41 days ago | Side: Bad - Pollution and Cruelty
5 points

i think that factory farming is a great system. it produces food fast and the food it produces is very cheap.you can feed yourself for just two dollars at most fast food places.

2 years ago | Side: Good- Cheap and Efficient

Factory farms allows us to feed the world's population. Technologies are coming on line that produce artificial meat.. If you want to get rid of factory farms, then you either have to wait for those new technologies to mature, or you have to reduce the world's population. I am for anything that improves rush hour traffic ;)

2 years ago | Side: Good- Cheap and Efficient
nerdybirdie(4) Disputed
1 point

Actually, factory farms do the opposite. By sending corn and other plants through farmed animals like cows, the food supply is "diluted." Without factory farming, that grain could go to third world countries and local poor instead of using ten times the grain for the same amount of food. Factory farming is the exact opposite of "efficient."

http://naturalsociety.com/factory-farms-the-only-way-to-‘feed-the-world’-not-so-argues-science-paper/

41 days ago | Side: Bad - Pollution and Cruelty
4 points

Factory farming is a cheap and efficient way to produce meat and meat products. Most people say they are against it, but would you rather have to pay far more money for their food than it currently cost.

2 years ago | Side: Good- Cheap and Efficient
cnjdevils4(16) Disputed
7 points

Yes, but it creates health risks for all of society and people are getting sick. It's not always about saving money you know.

2 years ago | Side: Bad - Pollution and Cruelty
JaimeRullo(9) Disputed
2 points

People get sick no matter what they eat or do, this is unavoidable

2 years ago | Side: Good- Cheap and Efficient
2 points

The Factory Farm is a good idea at the moment because it is cheap and affordable and if most people havent notice we are kinda going into a depretion again because of the majority of people loosing jobs losing money and going into Poverty

2 years ago | Side: Good- Cheap and Efficient
ssurviver(40) Disputed
1 point

Job loss isn't part of this!

This is about factory farms being good or bad

248 days ago | Side: Bad - Pollution and Cruelty
Hussain246(8) Disputed
2 points

but industrial farming does give a hell of amount of jobs

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248 days ago | Side: Good- Cheap and Efficient
Achtung(110) Disputed
0 points

Well without a job, you can't live!! and it does have something to do with good or bad lol

248 days ago | Side: Good- Cheap and Efficient

@popcorn

Nvm. I just realised that meat is amazeing.. GO CAFO!!!!! Im no longer serving justice to these cows.. SRY SALLY!! I LOVE YOU AND YOUR MEAT ON MY TASTE BUDS!!! FORGIVE MEEEEEE!

190 days ago | Side: Good- Cheap and Efficient
1 point

CAFO provides us all with cheap and efficient meat. After all when you get a hamburger at mcdonalds. The meat you eat there is CAFO. It is only one Dollar because Mcdonalds can buy cheap meat from CAFO.

149 days ago | Side: Good- Cheap and Efficient
1 point

People will starve without these farms, its not like we have a huge food surplus, plus america isn't even a crowded nation in the grand scheme of things. We need these farms, not only are they good for business but there is no denying that they keep people alive.

41 days ago | Side: Good- Cheap and Efficient
0 points

If your definition of good is that they are cheap and efficient, then yes. They produce a lot of food, which feeds most of the population, and are very cost effective due to the limited space. Without them, the human population would probably have levelled by now, making it incapable of increasing, so it has technically given life to many throughout the world. If it were used in every country, there probably wouldn't be the problem of famine, but many countries don't have the resources, organisation or money to be able to use this.

2 years ago | Side: Good- Cheap and Efficient
0 points

People often argue how factory farm produce cheap food, but those cheap food were made with cows that feed on chemical and antibiotic, and will eventually create many long term diseases. However people often forget what really affect our health is diet and exercise. A good diet and exercise can decrease the chance of getting heart disease, cancer, liver breakdown, diabetes, etc. Even if people are not eating meat from factory, they are still not going to be really healthy because normal american's food pyramid were complete upside down. They consume diary and butter the most, meat and bread the second, and vegetable and fruit the least. People who live in city or work in business job tend to exercise less, and that is also one reason people who live in city are suffering long term diseases.

1 year ago | Side: Good- Cheap and Efficient
-2 points
11 points

Factory farms increase the risk of pathogens like E. coli and Salmonella that cause foodborne illness in people. Also small farms have been driven out by factory farms. The factory farms pollute the air and water nearby.

2 years ago | Side: Bad - Pollution and Cruelty
KWeldon(11) Disputed
7 points

That is an invalid argument because you can get sick from anything. Girls get sick just going tanning. You can get sick because someone breathed in your oatmeal. E. Coli can get spread easily anyway; it isn't just factory farming that causes it.

2 years ago | Side: Good- Cheap and Efficient
mmurphy(21) Disputed
8 points

Many towns get E. coli in their tap water all the time. Many don't have factory farms operating in them.

2 years ago | Side: Bad - Pollution and Cruelty
nerdybirdie(4) Disputed
2 points

Yes, you can get sick almost anywhere. But factory farming creates not just diseases, but "superbugs," highly evolved, antibiotic-resistant bacteria that pose a real threat to human health. Of course factory farming doesn't cause sickness-- it just makes it exponentially more dangerous. http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/pressreleases/superbugs-on-the-factory-farm/

41 days ago | Side: Bad - Pollution and Cruelty
8 points

Factory farming is very cruel. Confinement to the point at which suffocation is normal. Many animals never touch the ground or see direct sunlight. They cannot behave in natural ways: e.g. chickens cannot spread their wings or peck the ground, pigs cannot root or nest. The extremes are truly horrible. Chickens are bred selectively and genetically modified until the birds cannot stand up and their bones cannot support their weight. Battery hens are crammed into tiny cages and to stop them doing damage when they attack each other (as they inevitably do in such unnatural conditions) their beaks and toes are cut off. Roosters are killed at birth by strangulation or asphyxiation in a bag. Pigs, highly social animals, are kept singly in cages they can’t turn around in – and a number of diseases are very common because of the cramped conditions. Veal calves are deliberately and permanently squashed so that muscle growth is inhibited and the flesh is tender. They are fed on an iron-deficient diet so their flesh is pale.

2 years ago | Side: Bad - Pollution and Cruelty
7 points

There are many reason as to why factory farming is harmful to animals and the earth. The animals are treated extremely unfairly because the factory workers do not care and are working at a fast pace in order to make a greater profit. Every 24 hours in the U.S 90,000 cows and calves are slaughtered. The animals that are killed are raised to be slaughtered, which are treated with hormones to maximize the growth and antibiotics that are injected in them to prevent diseases. Not only do the animals suffer from factory farming but so does the environment, in the aspect that the land is constantly being used and not getting any time to rest to replenish the soil plus to much manure and chemical fertilizers are being used to make land better.

http://www.sustainabletable.org/issues/environment/

http://www.organicconsumers.org/foodsafety/shortlist031604.cfm

http://www.aspca.org/fight-animal-cruelty/farm-animal-cruelty/what-is-a-factory-farm.aspx

2 years ago | Side: Bad - Pollution and Cruelty
5 points

Factory farming should be banned because the quantity of waste produced by the farm animals in the U.S. is more than 130 times greater than that produced by humans.

2 years ago | Side: Bad - Pollution and Cruelty
KWeldon(11) Disputed
5 points

Yes but it still provides a cheap and easy way to give food to our nation. If you have a better way to feed 300 million people you tell me. Are you going to cook for all of us? I don't think so.

2 years ago | Side: Good- Cheap and Efficient
9 points

If you are planning to cook for all of us, I like bacon. Please.

2 years ago | Side: Good- Cheap and Efficient
7 points

this is true, and the pros seem to far out weigh the cons

2 years ago | Side: Good- Cheap and Efficient
KylenM(3) Disputed
6 points

Actually, a vegetarian diet would feed far more people than a carnivorous one due to the fact that it takes four times as much grain to feed the cattle that humans eat than it would take to feed a person who ate the grain directly. If people ate the grain directly instead of filtering through a living animal than we would be able to feed four times as many people off of the grain that was being fed to these tortured souls. So actually while it may appear to be a fast and efficient way of creating food for the masses it is actually wasteful and not to mention highly detrimental to our health.

1 year ago | Side: Bad - Pollution and Cruelty
jakesheinis(2) Disputed
2 points

but the ammount of food the factories produce definetly makes up for the ammount of waste it produces

2 years ago | Side: Good- Cheap and Efficient
5 points

Hurt public health, drain small communities, abuse animals and pollute the environment.

-http://deraj1013.blogspot.com/2008/05/factory-farming-as-bad-for-environment.html

Many animals never touch the ground or see direct sunlight

-http://debatepedia.idebate.org/en/index.php/Debate:_Ban_on_factory_farming

Health risks to humans are also greatly magnified by factory farming, with epidemics swiftly spread between overcrowded animals and antibiotic resistance encouraged by medicated feed.

-http://debatepedia.idebate.org/en/index.php/Debate:_Ban_on_factory_farming

It also erodes topsoil at an alarming rate.

-http://debatepedia.idebate.org/en/index.php/Debate:_Ban_on_factory_farming

2 years ago | Side: Bad - Pollution and Cruelty
5 points

Factory farming is bad for our environment, as well as for the animals. The pollution from the factories is going into our air and destroying our atmosphere. The animals are constantly abused, and are always brought up into unfit living conditions and fed artificial things. Another thing is that if one animal gets sick then it could spread to every animal, and if it gets by without someone noticing then it would spread to all the people tha eat the meat coming from that one farm which could even kill people if it is bad enough.

http://www.farmsanctuary.org/issues/factoryfarming/

2 years ago | Side: Bad - Pollution and Cruelty
5 points

Industrially produced food appears to be inexpensive, but the pricetag doesn’t reflect the actual costs that we taxpayers bear. Factory farms pollute communities and adversely affect public health, thereby increasing medical costs for those living near such farms costs that are often shouldered by public budgets. Taxpayers fund government subsidies, which go primarily to large industrial farms. Jobs are lost and wages driven down, as corporate consolidation bankrupts small businesses and factory farms pay unethically low wages for dangerous, undesirable work.

2 years ago | Side: Bad - Pollution and Cruelty
5 points
2 years ago | Side: Bad - Pollution and Cruelty
jakesheinis(2) Disputed
2 points

I tend to disagree. factory farms provide jobs for our community and our community needs all the jobs it can get with the shape of our economy these days

2 years ago | Side: Good- Cheap and Efficient
nerdybirdie(4) Disputed
1 point

The jobs that are provided are actually nearly as horrifying as what happens to animals. PTSD and mental illness are actually common, and factory farm workers are severely underpaid. The subject is addressed in the following video: http://ffacoalition.org/media/

41 days ago | Side: Bad - Pollution and Cruelty
5 points

http://www.preservationnation.org/forum/library/public-articles/factory-farms.html

http://cciaction.org/wp-content/uploads/ 2012/01/Iowa-CCI-2012-Legislative-Agenda.pdf

http://www.scholarsandrogues.com/2011/10/15/for-everyone’s-sake-outlaw-factory-farming/

- Factory farms should no exist at all, yes meat is being produced at a cheaper price but its being sold harmfully. So many toxins are realeased from these factorys and put out into the societ, aproximatelty 1.4 billion substances that all can cause E.coli.,salmonella. Also it contains all types of metals. Those kind of things are not supposed to be around our food, its way to harmful. Livestock are being fed all sorts of antibiotics that help them grow and make them get fatter to have more meat, but what the factory farmers do not take into consideration is that it harms them and does more worse than good, Meat is starting to kill people and factory farmers still insist on doing what they are doing.

2 years ago | Side: Bad - Pollution and Cruelty
4 points

Read a book called "chew on this", you'll never eat a happy meal again. Factory farms confine 3 week old piglets in tiny cages where they bite each others tails just breathing, which can cause infections. to prevent these infections, factory farms cut the tails clean off. all this, and the piglets would leave their mothers for another 3 months in the wild.

1 year ago | Side: Bad - Pollution and Cruelty
3 points

they slaughter innocent animals that are pumped fat with chemicals, do you think im going to take the other side?

1 year ago | Side: Bad - Pollution and Cruelty
3 points

they have kept these farm animals in small stressful cages, so they can gain more weight.this can easily spread diseases. I am against this and i mean it!

how would you feel if you were kept in a small room where you cant move your body around?

250 days ago | Side: Bad - Pollution and Cruelty
3 points

Kicking!, pushing!, injecting antibiotics!, not enough space to move around!, beating! and slaughtering them in not a humane way! IS THAT WHAT YOU PEOPLE WANT? JUST FOR CHEAP AND FAST SERVICE MEAT!

You people don't understand how these animals feel!

Shame on you people

We say that they are animals but if you think deeply we are also animals that are destroying the beauty god gifted us.

250 days ago | Side: Bad - Pollution and Cruelty
3 points

Does it feel right when you eat meat which used to be a innocent animal, trapped in a small place with a million other of its kind. imagine if instead of animals there were humans, every single power in the world would be trying to save them but right now no one even knows of industrial farming.

248 days ago | Side: Bad - Pollution and Cruelty
3 points

Have you seen the images and video clips of factory farming? They are very cruel and disturbing and doesn't want you to buy the meat from there! These factory farms use more than 70% of the antibiotics produced in USA, in addition these animals are innocent and we can't harm then for no reason!!

http://gracelinks.org/library/resizer.php?src=/images/hor_2906.jpg&w;=600&h;=300&zc;=1&q;=80

248 days ago | Side: Bad - Pollution and Cruelty
Achtung(110) Disputed
0 points

Well, first of all, we don't kill them for no reason. There are many people who can't afford that much so factory farming allows those kind of people to eat!!

248 days ago | Side: Good- Cheap and Efficient
2 points

The economic side of factory farming are that there are many social costs such as pollution, environmental issues, poor working conditions and huge uses of antibiotics. Stop factory farming!!

255 days ago | Side: Bad - Pollution and Cruelty
2 points

This blog is amazing check it out guys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

well done who ever made this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

242 days ago | Side: Bad - Pollution and Cruelty
1 point
248 days ago | Side: Bad - Pollution and Cruelty
1 point

fighting is not the way to get out of this factory farming.

248 days ago | Side: Bad - Pollution and Cruelty
1 point

i do not care about the cheap food! I only care about the animals that are in threat.

245 days ago | Side: Bad - Pollution and Cruelty

Hi. I love popcorn. How about we never use CAFO to eat meat. and lets just eat popcorn for the rest oof our life :)

190 days ago | Side: Bad - Pollution and Cruelty

I once had a cow. He died. My father killed him for CAFO. I live my life in vengence. I.... Am..... ANTI-CAFO man!!! I loved cows. BUT CAFO TOOK SALLY AWAY FROM ME!

190 days ago | Side: Bad - Pollution and Cruelty
1 point

factory farms harm the environment and treat animals badly

55 days ago | Side: Bad - Pollution and Cruelty
1 point

Obviously its an awful ordeal for these animals to go through and no it shouldn't happen, however in a world that has a population of over 7 billion and counting it is physically impossible to give these creature the life they deserve and get produce to the demand of humans.

It is a cheap and quick.

Factory Farming: Bad

but Good for being able to feed man kind.

41 days ago | Side: Bad - Pollution and Cruelty
-1 points

i think he is gonna cook for everyone………………………………………………………………...

248 days ago | Side: Bad - Pollution and Cruelty


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