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Pasture Farming vs Factory FarmingDo you eat meat Did you know that the quality of the meat you buy depends on the type of farm it was raised on Why has eating red meat linked to cancer What regulations do farmers have when maintaining a farm What does any type of farming do to the environment Although it has been said that meat from cattle that has been raised in factory farms are no longer safe to eat meat from pasture raised farms have been discovered to be the healthiest alternative for people who eat meat because it has less impact on the environment it has no need for synthetic hormones or antibiotics and it contains healthy natural fats that can contribute to fighting disease and bacteria When a farm is raised on pasture it means that it is an area of land in where various healthy vegetation grows especially that which is set aside for use by grazing animals Whereas a factory farm is a huge industrial operation that raises large livestock in cages and feedlots Animals that are raised on pasture have the opportunity to live freely on the range They are able to lie down chew their cud and graze The animals that do not get to practice their nature cycle of life are the ones sent to the factory farmsThe disadvantages that factory farming brings are that it requires a lot of resources such as fossil fuels and water Mark Loegel from Multinational Monitor statesIn the United States over 2 trillion pounds of animal waste are produced annually -- the vast majority of it is untreated Almost 30 years after passage of the Clean Water Act the EPA has identified 60 percent of US rivers and streams as having impaired water quality Agricultural runoff is the largest contributor to that pollution Logel 24Although it may seem like just about any type of farming whether it be factory or pastured
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