Factory farming necessity in modern world

By Baxter Black: Humor Columnist

“We must stop the cruel confinement systems used in modern corporate factory health care!”

“We must abolish the abusive practice of government-sponsored factory education systems where children are forced to sit still for hours a day!”

“Evil corporate factory transportation companies that confine passengers in buses and airplanes in seats like crates which prevent turning around, lying down or completely extending their limbs must be regulated to reduce stress.”

Factory health care, factory education, factory transportation, i.e., hospitals, schools, airlines — all means of performing essential services that allow a more even distribution of benefits.

Sure, there are people who can afford a private room, a personal physician, a tutor at home, a private jet, but not most of us.

Factory farming is a buzzword invented by the ANTIs to denigrate methods used in agriculture today like feedlots, chicken houses, hog confinement facilities, dairies and veal barns.

These methods of “factory” farming allow us to produce meat, milk and eggs in quantities large enough to meet the demands of a hungry nation.

Granted, America could back off the concentrated production methods and still produce protein but more land would be taken up, more grain needed per animal unit and less product available at a higher cost. The same people who own their own plane could still afford a good steak, barbecued spare ribs and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, but it would be out of reach for the average Joe.

It’s an old story in the world of the ANTIs (the animal rights activists and environmentalists). It’s the haves vs. the have-nots.

Anybody who’s laid up in a hospital for a week or has been admitted to the emergency room on a busy night knows how it feels to be anonymous. If you’ve gone through security at a big airport and been seat-belted into place, it’s easy to put yourself in the position of a dairy cow.

It’s not pretty but it’s worth it, so most of us choose to go.

Factory farming isn’t always pretty, but it is how modern agriculture has responded to the challenge of feeding a burgeoning global population.
Henry Ford built a factory that allowed the common man to expand his world. Factory farming, at an even more profound level, has done the same.

After all, you don’t have to drive but we do have to eat.