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

Examples of factory farm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Today, 75% of egg-laying hens in the United States are raised on just 347 factory farms, with an average of nearly 850,000 animals per operation. Wenonah Hauter, The Mercury News, 13 July 2024 The affected counties are home to more than 900 factory farms that produce about 23.6 billion pounds of animal waste annually -- 175 times the human waste that is produced in all five counties, according to the group. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 28 June 2024 At the urging of the pork industry, congressional Republicans want to use this year’s bill to undo what little progress the US has made in improving conditions for animals raised on factory farms. Marina Bolotnikova, Vox, 4 June 2024 In circuses, zoos, rodeos, puppy mills, fur farms, factory farms, marine parks, and laboratories, humans routinely abuse and slaughter animals. Steven M. Wise, Foreign Affairs, 11 July 2016 See all Example Sentences for factory farm 

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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 24 Jul. 2024.

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