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 Shoppers generally don’t get to meet the homeless trucker that brought their food from the factory farm to the grocery warehouse, nor the shrimper who lost a limb to a net hauler. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "Ethical grocery shopping was never the answer anyway," 19 Oct. 2020 The somewhat-controversial new face of milking sits on a side road about a mile away, where a herd of dozens of cows are rotated through a factory farm and milked essentially around the clock. Darrel Rowland, The Enquirer, "Going Home: 'We still live in Mayberry.' Come along with me back home again to Ohio’s Trump Country," 15 Sep. 2020 Squeezing thousands of animals into small spaces on factory farms means creating massive manure-storing lagoons. Geoff Dembicki, The New Republic, "Trump Is Bailing Out Big Meat—and Further Screwing the Planet," 1 June 2020 Similar to wildlife markets, fur factory farms are not sanitary or humane. Pj Smith, refinery29.com, "Ending The Fur Trade Could Help Prevent Future Pandemics," 7 May 2020 But in a factory farm – where, say, chickens, are densely packed together and host-to-host transmission is easy – the evolutionary pressure on the pathogen to moderate its virulence is relieved. Laura Spinney, Time, "We Need to Rethink Our Food System to Prevent the Next Pandemic," 13 Apr. 2020 Unlike other industrial facilities, however, factory farms aren’t required to get emission permits under the Clean Air Act. Washington Post, "Factory farms provide abundant food, but environment suffers," 6 Feb. 2020 Over the past 20 years, a growing body of research has linked proximity to factory farms to various health risks. Washington Post, "Factory farms provide abundant food, but environment suffers," 6 Feb. 2020 This year's bill would require the state's environmental management agency to conduct an onsite inspection of every factory farm at least once per year. London Gibson, Indianapolis Star, "Here's the latest on environmental bills, including sewage, factory farms, electric vehicles," 16 Jan. 2020

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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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25 Oct 2020

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“Factory farm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/factory%20farm. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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