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
factory farming noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Haaland does not so much harvest goals as factory farm them. Rory Smith, New York Times, 15 Feb. 2023 All the group needed was a factory farm to test the technology. Wendee Nicole, Discover Magazine, 21 Feb. 2014 In the heart of North Carolina’s bucolic wine country, east of the Great Smoky Mountains, lies Loyd Ray Farms — a factory farm that turns pig poop into energy. Wendee Nicole, Discover Magazine, 21 Feb. 2014 Why is your pet hamster thought of differently than a pig in the factory farm? Keith Kloor, Discover Magazine, 16 Mar. 2011 This displaces the torture from the hunt to a factory farm visitors do not see. Martha C. Nussbaum, The New York Review of Books, 17 Nov. 2022 The factory farm today is a crowded, stinking bedlam, filled with suffering animals that are quite literally insane, sprayed with pesticides and fattened on a diet of growth stimulants, antibiotics, and drugs. Joy Williams, Harper’s Magazine , 28 Sep. 2022 The group said the protesters on Thursday night were trying to highlight an upcoming Smithfield Foods factory farm trial. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, 9 Sep. 2022 His platform includes dismantling Big Tech and factory farm monopolies, banning the importation of foreign workers and downsizing the federal government. Orlando Sentinel, 9 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1851, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of factory farm was in 1851

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“Factory farm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/factory%20farm. Accessed 25 Mar. 2023.

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