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Factory Farming al Affiliation) Is factory farming a defensible practice? In as much as the proponents of factory farming claim that the activity has contributed to better nutrition, housing and disease management and control in the last two decades, the activities of factory farming have created more harm to the environment, further abusing the animals and brought with it numerous health risks. Factory farming is not a defensible practice as the confinement of animals contributes to the weakening of the animals’ bones and muscles (Centner amp. Newton, 2011). In the event of viral attacks, the animals often face the risk of high transmission from the contagious diseases. To humans, in accordance with CDC, the farms practicing intensive rearing expose the workers to adverse health risks (Greger amp. Koneswaran, 2010). Such workers may develop certain conditions as skeletal or muscular injuries, chronic and acute lung complications, and infections like tuberculosis that are transmitted form animals to people. In addition to that, consumers endure the most of farmer activity when consuming the final product. When the farmers use pesticides to avert losses from pets, the chemicals in these pesticides cause health problems to the consumers of such products. Large numbers of animals contribute to environmental degradation. Pesticides and fertilizers applied in the growth of animal feeds cause environmental pollution. These effluents pollute water and soil resources (Mitloehner amp. Schenker, 2007). Manure waste and agrochemicals degrade the air, while large numbers of animals put a strain on the limited energy and water resources. Ethically, factory farming is not a defensible practice.ReferencesCentner, T., amp. Newton, G. (2011). Reducing concentrated animal feeding operations permitting requirements.Journal Of Animal Science,89(12), 4364-4369. doi:10.2527/jas.2011-4256Greger, M., amp. Koneswaran, G. (2010). The Public Health Impacts of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations on Local Communities.Family amp. Community Health,33(1), 11-20. doi:10.1097/fch.0b013e3181c4e22aMitloehner, F., amp. Schenker, M. (2007). Environmental Exposure and Health Effects From Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations.Epidemiology,18(3), 309-311. doi:10.1097/01.ede.0000260490.46197.e0