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Hi, my name is Richard and I thank you for stopping by. I love animals, all animals, and believe they are deserving of proper care and respect.
I am not a vegetarian, tried it for awhile and found that my genetic metabolic type requires a certain amount of animal protein. However, I have become very, very selective in the animal products I consume. I want to know what that animal was fed, how it was raised, treated and cared for and that it was humanely slaughtered. If the sellers at my local farmers market or organic market can’t give me those answers, I don’t buy the product.
There are certain brands of meat in the supermarket that I would not consume, that is unless I was starving to death and there was no other choice. I have researched pork, chicken, beef, eggs and dairy products and know which ones come from industrial animal factories.
Factory-farming.com came about through a series of coincidences and since I don’t believe in coincidences, maybe the site was just “meant to be”.
Being a strong advocate of good nutrition and dietary supplements I already had acquired a good understanding about how the nutritional value of our industrial grown crops have been degraded.
Next several things happened in rapid succession; I found a copy of Richard Rhodes’s book Deadly Feasts and read the frightening accounts of mad cow disease and it’s human manifestation, spongiform encephalopathy, also known as CJD, Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease.
Then several recalls of eggs and beef from downer cattle hit the papers which caused me to seek out a copy of David Kirby’s Animal Factory and Jonathan Foer’s book Eating Animals.
While all this was going on, my son was working at the Humane Society of the United States headquarters and started bringing videos to my attention that showed the conditions inside the large corporate animal factories that stuffed food animals and birds full of corn, soy, recycled manure, animal blood and guts, antibiotics, growth hormones, and arsenic (in the case of chickens), all of which ended up in nice shrink wrapped packages in Safeway, Kroger’s, Publix, Anderson’s, Wal-Mart, Food Lion and all the rest.
After “digesting” all this, I just felt that it all had to be brought together online in a website. After collecting a vast array of books, articles, videos, white papers and various studies from government agencies and private interests, I got to work. The www.factory-farming.com website is the result and it is still in work; and always will be a work in process until factory farms become a thing of the past. I’m not a farm boy and have never spent much time around farm animals, much less large concentrated animal feeding operations. I live in central Virginia, near the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains; lots of small farms around the area with not a CAFO in sight.
On Main Street, in the heart of downtown is a large farmers market that allows only locally grown produce and non-factory farmed meat and dairy. The air and water of the surrounding countryside is still unspoiled. The driving force is that I would like to see it stay that way.
I know how to read and do research and have seen that the evidence is overwhelming that our large corporate animal dis-assembly lines are inherently unhealthy, dangerous and unsustainable.
Did I mention that I love animals? I do not believe animals were meant to be turned into production machines in a factory farm; they were not meant to be genetically manipulated to fit the CAFO system and they were not meant to be confined in tight, filthy spaces their entire lives.
I have been criticized as being a romantic about traditional family farms and told that small, family farms could never support our population. Guilty as charged on the first part and the second part is pure nonsense.
Family farms fed our country for decades until greed, power and corporate lobbyists hijacked agriculture, animal husbandry and the government agencies that were supposed to protect us. Now they function to protect the agri-business industry.
The whole issue is highly politicized and you may agree or disagree with the corporate approach to animal exploitation, or maybe just put it out of your mind and remain clueless. It’s still a free country; well except for those 13 states that have outlawed free speech about food quality. And just try to book a school tour through a large hog or chicken CAFO to see its operation; these places are more restricted than Area 51 in Nevada.
The objective of this site is not to turn everyone into vegetarians or animal rights advocates, although a little of both would not be a bad thing. No, the objective is to add one more voice to the call for changes in the industrial farming system and educate readers about how our meat, fish, poultry, dairy and eggs are produced and what it is we are really eating.
The desired result is to see the CAFO system become history in favor of a return to animal husbandry instead of animal science and a return to smaller, more numerous, healthier, sustainable farms. In the meantime, let’s hope that it doesn’t take a massive food borne plague or mass deaths from infected meat to get consumers and government’s attention.
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