Author

Mallory Russo

Date of Award

Spring 5-15-2017

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Department

Environmental Studies

Advisor(s)

John Van Buren

Abstract

The practice of large scale factory farming in the United States has raised moral and ethical questions since its establishment in the mid twentieth century. Though a relatively modern development in the field of agribusiness, factory farming has already accounted for drastic damage to both public and environmental health. Factory farming requires the unsustainable use of resources, gives off toxic waste, and poses a serious threat to public health. This paper aims the further analyze those damages, as well as investigate the lack of transparency and political corruption carried out by factory farm industry leaders. Major factory farming companies have allegedly withheld sensitive information regarding the true extent of the severity that large scale livestock production has had in contributing to climate change and environmental degradation, as well withholding information as to the impact factory farming practices has on the health of consumers. Being a major industry in the United States, factory farming businesses have held great influence in the action taken by politicians and government leaders when addressing these issues by way of financial bribing, corruption, and lobbying. New and alternative solutions to tackle these issues are still being developed. Such proposals include new legislation requiring complete transparency of factory farming practices and impacts in order for consumers to make completely informed decisions regarding their purchase of agricultural products.