A study finds that health departments are hindered in addressing public health concerns from animal-production sites. However, there are no federal laws that set humane care standards for animals in factory farms. Since 1985, Farm Aid has rallied alongside farmers, testified before Congress, and organized the public around the threats that corporate power poses to family farmers and eaters alike. Graph courtesy of Food and Water Watch. Family farms play a dominant role in U.S. agriculture. But those numbers are misleading because … USDA’s Sub-Agency Programs USDA’S Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Promotes United States […] The result being horrible living conditions for the animals. The goal of this operational method is to maximize the levels of food productivity while minimizing the costs of production. A standard factory farm cows, pigs and chickens live in cramped and insanitary conditions. Corporate agriculture evolved to take control of the entire production line from “farm to fork”, from the genetics of breeding to wholesalers in the US or far east. This includes corporate ownership of farms and selling of agricultural products, as well as the roles of these companies in influencing agricultural education, research, and public policy through funding initiatives and lobbying efforts. The USDA is the primary federal agency charged with regulating animal food production and slaughter industries. These farms focus on profit and efficiency over the well being of their animals. Corporate farming is the practice of large-scale agriculture on farms owned or greatly influenced by large companies. Factory farming is a process that rears livestock with methods that are generally intensive. A factory farm is a large, industrial farm that raises huge numbers of animals for food. In fact, most Kansas “corporate” farms are owned by families. Fifty-two percent of those were antibiotics important to human health. But anyway, vertical farming refers to the practice of producing fruits and vegetables vertically, in stacked layers, perhaps on many floors inside a building, using artificial lights instead of the sun, and a whole range of relatively new technologies. Through sub-agency programs, the USDA oversees food production laws. Our friends at Food and Water Watch have unveiled a new interactive web-based map tool of factory farms across America, and FFW representatives are touring the country to promote it. On family farms, the principal operators and their relatives (by blood or marriage) own more than half of the business’s assets—in short, a family owns and operates the farm. A few people have noted that the infographic is one-sided in favor of pasture-based farming, a bias which we aren’t afraid to admit. Most facilities will raise cattle, pigs and swine, or poultry indoors using this method under conditions which receive strict controls. Farm Aid has a long history of fighting corporate abuse. There’s a (mis)perception that corporate farms are giant conglomerates. Becoming incorporated is a way for families to create and structure a business together, while protecting themselves — just like any small business owner would. In 2018, the animal agriculture industry purchased 25 million pounds of antibiotics. Our infographic "Know the Difference," which highlights the main differences between pasture-based and industrial farming methods, has gained a lot of exposure. The phrase “vertical farming” probably doesn’t need to be explained even though it’s quite new. We caught their presentation earlier this week in Chicago. Since the 1950s, antibiotics have been used on factory farms to increase the rate of growth in animals. Three-quarters of all farms in the U.S. bring in less than $50,000 in gross revenue while 11.7% see at least $250,000. In 2015, these farms accounted for 99 percent of U.S. farms and 89 percent of production.