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How Do We Farm If We Must?: Analysis With Peter Singer's Down On The Factory Farm And Stanley Curtis's The Case For Intensive Farming Of Food Animals

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Factory farming is often a sore spot for American and other first world consciences. Even those that are ethically comfortable with consumption of animal products are often discomfited by the large-scale maltreatment of living creatures that is present in contemporary agribusiness. Writings that are similar to Peter Singer's “Down on the Factory Farm”, which depicts the multitude of unnatural horrors and abuses that billions of farm animals undergo before they are ultimately slaughtered for our use, make up the majority of the commentary on the subject. There seem to be few writers with the audacity to dispute the popular outcry that there is something morally reprehensible in our systematic exploitation of other species. Yet, as Stanley Curtis shows in “The Case for Intensive Farming of Food Animals”, a less emotionally charged examination is likely to be necessary if we have any aspirations of revising the current model into one that is not only more humane, but also sustainable for the environment and for the growing human population. Though our sympathies are immediately swayed by Singer's work, we must remain cognisant that, as Singer himself said, “We can't take our feelings as moral data, immune from rational criticism” (The Lives of Animals 89). Though Curtis's work seems at times overly cold in its utilitarian views, it provides an undoubtedly useful contrast to the call-to-arms of Singer's work. Evaluating them in tandem is likely the best approach to deriving a model that placates our moral dissatisfaction while meeting the requirements set forth by reality.
Curtis's model for sustainable farming is particularly compelling in that it offers an alternative to the usual suggestion that we return to small locally-owned farms. While this idea is certainly idyllic, it is both unlikely to be practicable in feeding a population of six billion and is contrary to contemporary business practices. As Curtis remarks, “Food production is a business and subject to the same economic forces as any business. The chances of a turnaround in the trend to fewer, larger, more intensive animal farms are akin to those of a return to mom-and-pop grocery stores in the residential areas of every city” (169). It is for these reasons, among many others, that he believes the meat industry cannot persist in any form other than factory farming. Even if we could alleviate the problems inherent in an ever-rising population and a monopolistic economy, Curtis believes there to be substantial advantages unique to factory farming. Among these are a more moderate usage of land and soil for livestock raising purposes, mass-scale production that allows for the raising of wages, and effective waste-containment procedures. He even makes a slight appeal to animal treatment, by pointing out that factory farms also allow for better management of newborn and juvenile animals, a more balanced diet, a means of staving off predators, and improved hygiene (170).
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