• Also known as intensive animal farming or concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), factory farming is the industrialized production of livestock, including cattle, poultry, and fish in confinement at high-stocking density.
• Confinement at high-stocking density is part of a systematic effort to produce the highest output at the lowest cost by relying on economics of scale, modern machinery, biotechnology, and global trade.
• The main products of factory farming are meat, milk, and eggs for human consumption.
• It is estimated that 99% of chickens and 78% of beef are raised and slaughtered in animal factories.
• Factory farming requires the use of antibiotics and pesticides to mitigate the spread of disease and pestilence exacerbated by crowded living conditions, as well as to stimulate livestock growth by killing intestinal bacteria.
• There is an ongoing debate regarding the benefits, risks, and ethical concerns of factory farming.
• Stop Foodborne Illness does not support or oppose factory farming and recognizes that CAFOs produce a vast majority of our meat proteins. However, Stop does oppose certain practices used in factory farming that may endanger the food supply and pose a threat to consumer health. These practices include:
– Feeding animals large amounts of antibiotics to combat the unsanitary conditions of factory farms. Antibiotic abuse creates the potential for dangerous, new drug-resistant strains of bacteria to develop and spread among consumers.