Animal Factory In Time

Time Magazine talks to David Kirby, author of Animal Factory, about industrial farm-animal agriculture.

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On Friday, Time Magazine online published a Q&A article with Animal Factory author David Kirby. A journalist by trade, Kirby discusses his research into factory farms, talking about the unnatural diets, growth hormones, and antibiotics to which farm animals are subjected. He explains that the government euphemizes factory farm facilities by referring to them as Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, or CAFOs, which makes it easier to reduce “a beef cow [into] an animal unit.” Through use of a chilling anecdote about a pig farm, Kirby discusses the inhumane treatment of animals in factory farms and also addresses the environmental pollution that attends this industrial-farming system.

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