A world without factory farming will be one where what is ethical matters as much as what is profitable. It will be a world where everyone has enough to eat, our land and water are used wisely, we are healthier and animals are treated with kindness and respect. Factory farming can only exist while people buy its products. All of these choices add up; each of them is a step towards a cleaner, safer, healthier future for all of us.
Part I In recent years, several writers have offered Orwellian predictions about the future of animal agriculture. In September, Chipotle released a short, animated film called The Scarecrow, portraying a fictitious, "not-so-distant" future of meat production.
The film shows that chickens, held captive in the hands of robots, are injected with a green liquid to balloon up instantly. Dairy cows are trapped in metal boxes in a factory farm located at the top of a skyscraper.
Chipotle's film is accurate in its general depiction of the future scale and structure of agriculture, but my vision of the future--developed over the course of visiting more than 60 animal farms in eight countries--differs in some respects.
Looking toI believe that animal farms will not be located on the roofs of buildings, but will be multi-storied buildings themselves. They will not be managed by mankind, but by mobile devices.
The future of animal agriculture can be summed up in a single sentence by, appropriately, a science fiction writer. The farms of today are, in contrast, large and industrial. Animals have moved definitively from the outdoors to the indoors. Artificial light has replaced sunlight, and exhaust fans have replaced windows.
Concrete floors have succeeded grass ranges, and metal doors have supplanted fence gates. Scale has become synonymous with survival. More than half of the world's pork and more than two-thirds of the world's chicken and eggs are today produced industrially. The average pig farm in the United States had 10 pigs in and in today, it has more than 5, The average American egg facility confines more thanhens in cramped, stacked cages.
Hen cage columns everywhere expanded horizontally first, becoming longer, before they started expanding vertically, becoming taller.
A column of egg-laying hen cages is, in a sense, a microcosm of a factory farm: A chicken facility I visited in Canada, built 10 years ago, consisted of two floors, each containing 20, chickens. Even in developing countries, some poultry farms are rising to two stories, as I saw firsthand on the island of Bali in Indonesia.
At least 15 pig farms in the Netherlands consist of two stories. As land prices around the world continue to rise, it will become increasingly economical for producers to build farms taller rather than longer.
Today, most animal farms are single-story; inmost will be multi-story. A two-story egg-laying hen operation, Indonesia 2. Farm Management The number of people working on farms has fallen everywhere in the last half-century.
In the United States, just one worker can be responsible foregg-laying hens and 8, pigs. Fifty years ago, animals were fed and tended by people; today, these tasks are performed by machine and phone. Smartphones turn lights on and off, lock and unlock buildings, and track feed and water intake.
A chicken farmer I met explained to me that he no longer enters any of his four facilities; he merely dials a phone number to obtain automatic updates on them.In various guises, information technology is taking over agriculture.
ONE way to view farming is as a branch of matrix algebra. A farmer must constantly juggle a set of variables, such as the. The recent introduction of “smart” technology into farming practices provides a new way for farmers to manage natural resources and hence, the economic profitability of the farm.
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From the prehistoric age, human has been consuming snail meat because of its high rate of protein, iron, low fat, and including almost all the amino acid which is needed for human body. Dec 09, · "I do not think factory farming is going away," says food industry writer Marion Nestle.
"Our vast factory farms are the future," writes speechwriter Matthew Scully.