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Factory Farm Alert is a bi-monthly newsletter detailing the impacts of factory farming on our health, environment, rural economies, and family farmers.  The newsletter will also examine why factory farms are prevalent today, and alternatives to this type of meat production. It is distributed for free and available online.

Meat production in the United States has changed dramatically over the past 20 years. Many facilities where livestock are raised today are closer to factories, not the idyllic, small-scale family farms most Americans envision. These “factory farms” are also known as concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). They emphasize high volume and profit with minimal regard for human health, safe food, the environment, humane treatment of animals, and the rural economy.  The characteristics of factory farms vary by what animal is being raised and region of the country.  But the defining characteristic of a CAFO is that hundreds to thousands of animals (mainly cows, pigs, chickens or turkeys) are confined tightly together and provided little or no access to sunlight, fresh air or room for natural movement. Some facilities produce millions of animals annually.

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