It is evident that natural pasture is being replaced by supplements and other feeds that are laced with different chemicals. Most consumers are not aware of the benefits that come with eating chicken and pork that has grown on pasture rather than the commercial pharmaceuticals.
Scientists have carried out studies on the effects of consumer products from factory farms. Products from free-range chicken and pigs score high marks with regards to the impact that they have on the body.
Raised in Poor Condition
Take a random visit to any factory farm, and you will be dismayed by the condition at which the animals are living in. It is not a surprise that several animal rights groups have decried the mistreatment of animals in a factory farming set up.
They are crammed into limited spaces, some are locked up in cages, and for the case of chicken, they are forced to live in tiny crates. Pigs are locked in small sheds and live in filthy setups.
Such animals grow in physical and mental torture due to uncomfortable conditions. They are also deprived of some vital nutrients such as sunlight. Since the owners of such shelters know that it is almost impossible for the animals to grow faster, they opt to use a growth-enhancing antibiotics. These drugs are designed to activate growth hormones that hasten the growth of animals. Scientific research shows that continuous consumption of animals that have these antibiotics can lead to the development of drug-resistant bacteria in the body.
In addition to the use of antibiotics, factory animals are known to be genetically compromised to grow faster and larger. These animals are usually bigger than those that feed on natural pasture. Their large sizes mean that they need to be fed well-something that is impossible in a factory animal. The result is that these pigs or chickens end up eating anything that they come across, even if it is poisonous.
Apart from the living condition, factory farmed animals are handled in appalling conditions even when taken to slaughterhouses. They are rarely given food or water (after all, they are still going to die). Do you still expect products from such animals to be tasty and nutritious?