from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A large-scale farming operation designed for efficient production, especially a large complex where animals are kept and tended in narrow cages or other close confinement.

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  • noun A very large, factory-style farm in which many animals are confined at high stocking density

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  • noun a large-scale farming enterprise


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  • "Chickens in factory farms live short lives of immense deprivation in ways that we do not see and many of us do not want to know about. IT'S NOW TIME TO TAKE ACTION AND BECOME A VOICE FOR CHICKENS."

    - 'Chicken Factories' pamphlet,, Nov 2008.

    March 29, 2009

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    March 29, 2009

  • WORD: factory farm


    ' In E.B. White's 1952 children's novel Charlotte's Web, Charlotte the spider explains to Wilbur the pig that life on the farm is not what it appears to be.

    ' Homer Zuckerman, the farmer, slaughters pigs, she warns.

    ' These days, Wilbur would have more to fear. He'd be squeezed against scores of other swine, hoofing a steel grate floor, while growing fatter and fatter on a factory farm. He'd be commoditized into a hog futures contract. Then some trader on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange could swap his lifeless body in a millisecond. '

    --- Al Lewis. "Caught in a Web". 05 May 2013.
    From Al's Emporium, a column appearing in The Wall Street Journal.

    September 23, 2013