Farms not factories
Farms Not Factories is a not-for-profit organisation with a long term vision for a world without factory farming. Factory farming can be defined as large, indoor, industrial operations that intensively raise large numbers of animals for food. The cost of cheap meat is, in reality, a lot higher than the price we think we are paying in the supermarket. The aim of Farms Not Factories is to inspire consumers to think about where their meat is coming from, and only buy from local, high welfare farms with healthy animals.
There are all sorts of struggles as a consumer to be able to know where your food has come from and how it has been grown, whether it is animal or vegetable. Labelling for consumers can be misleading and confusing, particularly when there are so many. Farms Not Factories has a number of resources to help the consumer better understand labelling, in order to be able to make an informed decision.
Having seen our pigs growing outside in their idyllic orchard setting, with plenty of roots to dig away at and space to roam around, I can't even begin imagine the misery of their lives trapped inside. Our pigs are meticulously clean and have created their own designated toilet spot, which is far away from both their arc and where they are fed.
In a factory farm, pigs are often kept in cages so small that they are unable to even turn around, with no bedding which means the animals begin to suffer from stress and disease. This combined with a total lack of fresh air is the environment which a large majority of our pigs are kept in. To try to keep them 'healthy' they are then pumped full of antibiotics which are ending up in our food chain.
Follow this link to find out more about antibiotics in our food chain.