Luwam Kidane, Chaia Wyatt, Tenzin Nyodrup, and Yeshi Gyamtso
For our fall interdisciplinary project we chose to investigate factory farming. Factory farming is “a large industrialized farm; especially : a farm on which large numbers of livestock are raised indoors in conditions intended to maximize production at minimal cost”.
What sparked our interest in factory farming was our lack of knowledge around where our meat comes from, alongside not understanding how our meat is produced and how there is so much meat, a seemingly valuable resource, available in our society. Prior to this project some of us had made dietary changes due to the conditions of animals in factory farms. For instance, Chaia and Luwam, changed their lifestyle and became pescetarian, due to being enlightened by inhumane conditions the animals were put through, and all the environmental issues that arose from Factory Farming. As such we were interested in finding out if our feelings were grounded in fact, and to get a better understanding of the actual situation on factory farms.
Our research question that we acknowledge throughout this project was “how has social attitudes towards factory farming changed given the rising environmental issues and agricultural economics.” while keeping this question in mind, we learned an awful amount of information. The most significant things we found out include the affects of factory on our communities, on our animals, on humans, while highlighting the rewards big corporations receive because of these farms.
We presented our research in a series of essays, an original video and a satirical pastiche of a popular movie poster. Each of these products contribute to the overall message that factory farming needs to be abolished. First and for most, our Definition Essay gave insight to the issues surrounding factory farms. The cause and effect, gave detailed arguments on how factory farming contributes to, environmental, human health and animal issues. Lastly, our narrative essay, tells a story about a young kid who discovers the detrimental impacts of factory farming.