factory farm


Definition of factory farm

: a large industrialized farm especially : a farm on which large numbers of livestock are raised indoors in conditions intended to maximize production at minimal cost

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Examples of factory farm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Environmental bills: Here's the latest, including sewage, factory farms, electric vehicles 'Coal bailout': Analysts say this bill could hike customer bills and keep coal plants running Hamilton also authored HB 1228 and HB 1415. London Gibson, Indianapolis Star, "Kids fill Indiana Statehouse to ask lawmakers for climate action," 28 Jan. 2020 The factory farms used to raise animals for their fur are no different. Laura Pitcher, Teen Vogue, "Faux Fur vs. Real Fur: Which Is More Sustainable?," 3 Dec. 2019 And yet, Americans will eat an estimated 46 million turkeys on Thanksgiving, with most of the birds having been raised in factory farms. Courtland Milloy, Washington Post, "At a few farms, turkeys are the guest this Thanksgiving — not the main course," 26 Nov. 2019 These facilities intensively breed dogs in barren, factory farm-style caging, appallingly deprived conditions that no animal of any species should ever have to endure. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "6 Canines from South Korea Dog Meat Farm Rescued Just in Time to Find a Home for the Holidays," 2 Dec. 2019 Americans’ appetite for raccoon and small game began to diminish as meat produced in factory farms became cheaper and more widely available. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Raccoon Was Once a Thanksgiving Feast Fit for a President," 28 Nov. 2019 Animals raised on factory farms generate about 1 million tons of manure a day, Baur says. Courtland Milloy, Washington Post, "At a few farms, turkeys are the guest this Thanksgiving — not the main course," 26 Nov. 2019 So why the nugget? The idealistic might point out that U.S. farmers raised more than 9 billion chickens a year, much of them in factory farms. Jonathan Kauffman, Los Angeles Times, "KFC and Beyond Meat are testing plant-based ‘chicken’ nuggets and wings," 28 Aug. 2019 Every year, billions of animals are raised on factory farms, often under such cruel conditions that there are laws to keep the mistreatment hidden from public view. Sigal Samuel, Vox, "We put a “sin tax” on cigarettes and alcohol. Why not meat?," 11 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of factory farm

1851, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of factory farm was in 1851

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4 Feb 2020

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“Factory farm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/factory%20farm. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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