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I have been googling and googling, basically I am trying to find out how much meat, eggs and milk comes from the large corporate farms as opposed to the small family farms. I know corporate farms produce a whole lot more meat than do small family farms, so I am not so interested in how many family farms there are as opposed to corporate farms, but rather how much of what is on the grocery store shelves comes from corporate farms.
 

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well...lots of people don't trust wikipedia as a source, and I wouldn't either really, but it might be a good start.<br><br><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Factory_farming#Role_in_food_production" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Factory...ood_production</a><br><br>
this has some stats and stuff.
 

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You should try going to a local university library, if you have access. Or a public one. I bet you could find periodicals with that sort of information.<br><br><br><br>
I'm reading Jane Goodall's Harvest for Hope and thought she gave numbers there, but she didn't (at least, not yet. Only half-way through). It's still a good read, though, and she covers this subject. From what I understand, the only way to ensure that you don't get factory farmed meat is to get organic.
 

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try <a href="http://www.farmusa.org" target="_blank">Farm Animal Reform Movement</a> or <a href="http://www.cok.net/lit/" target="_blank">Compassion over Killing</a> which includes Meat and Egg Consumption from 1970 to 2005 and Slaughter Stats for 2003 & 2005.<br><br>
Maybe also <a href="http://www.idausa.org/ir.html" target="_blank">In Defense of Animals On-Line Resource Center</a>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Elena99</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
From what I understand, the only way to ensure that you don't get factory farmed meat is to get organic.</div>
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Actually, organic just regulates what they're fed and prohibits antibiotics usage, but many organic farms are big corporates and otherwise no different,....factory farms with thousands of animals packed into sheds and fattened on paddocks, slaughtered the same way, babies of dairy cows sent off to veal farms, etc... Organic isn't a welfare term and doesn't address density (how many animals).
 

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I remember reading in a USA Today article that organic meat only makes up about 2% of the total U.S. meat supply.<br><br><br><br>
So you might want to to do a 'reverse search'--try to find out how much meat sold in the country is labelled 'organic' or 'free range', and extrapolate form that.<br><br><br><br>
The recent Animal People News had an interesting article on the subject of pig factory farms, and how much of the market share certain companies command. <a href="http://www.animalpeoplenews.org/current.html" target="_blank">http://www.animalpeoplenews.org/current.html</a> (Just click on the image of the newspaper; the story begins on the front page.)
 
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