Definition of factory farming in English:

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factory farming

Pronunciation: /ˈfakt(ə)rē ˌfärmiNG/


A system of rearing livestock using intensive methods, by which poultry, pigs, or cattle are confined indoors under strictly controlled conditions.
Example sentences
  • Nor is a return to ‘primitive’ farming practices the only alternative to factory farming and highly intensive agriculture.
  • Intensive factory farming has happened because of this demand for cheap food.
  • The mountains of manure that factory farming generates foul our air and water, disrupting ecosystems and sickening rural communities.


factory farm

Pronunciation: /ˈfakt(ə)rē ˌfärm/
Example sentences
  • This 5,600-cow factory farm has successfully negotiated an exemption to the organic requirement that cows have access to pasture, based upon Colorado's arid climate.
  • By contrast, a factory farm, milking 3,000 cows, stanchioned 24 hours a day, 365 days a year in a barn, and run with hired help, can make a good profit.
  • The life expectancy of the average cow in natural conditions is about 25-30 years; on the typical factory farm, where well over half of U.S. milk cows reside, they live only four to five years.

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Syllabification: fac·to·ry farm·ing

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