factory farm

noun

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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More than 50 billion land animals suffered and died on factory farms this year. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "2018’s big wins — and big losses — for animals," 24 Dec. 2018 The overwhelming majority of animals raised for food are still raised on factory farms, where 50 billion animals lived and died this year. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "2018’s big wins — and big losses — for animals," 24 Dec. 2018 There have been plenty of books chronicling the damage caused by factory farms, but his book is about how to solve animal farming itself. Angela Chen, The Verge, "These are the technology advances that could end animal farming," 9 Nov. 2018 While the public fight has focused on food stamps, these lobbyists have pushed for changes that provide even more benefits to factory farms and corporations. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "The Farm Bill Is Everything That’s Wrong With Congress," 18 May 2018 Isabelle Cnudde, a former software engineer for NetApp who lives in Los Altos, rescued Marjo, a white Leghorn, from a factory farm in 2015. Henry Alford, The New Yorker, "When Silicon Valley Disrupts the Chicken Coop," 23 Mar. 2018 Farm animals endure intolerable cruelty every day in factory farms, slaughterhouses and in transit, and their abuse is largely hidden. Michael Harriot, The Root, "I Wanted to Attend This Vigil For a Dead Chicken Just to Say I Was At The Whitest Thing That Ever Happened," 12 June 2018 The Crowd Cow website claims its steaks taste the way meat did before factory farms existed. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "Crowd Cow website lets you meet your beef. Worth the price for Memorial Day barbecue?," 22 May 2018 The knowledge that most animals destined to become meat aren’t raised in bucolic pastures and are, instead, stuffed into facilities known as factory farms has created a measure of discomfort (if not vegetarianism) for the general population. Longreads, "Wild At Heart," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of factory farm

1851, in the meaning defined above

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