Factory farming is damaging traditional farming because it is cruel and horrific to animals. In factory farms, animals are stuffed with antibiotics and they become much fatter than they were 50 years ago. 99.9% of the chicken that you eat is produced from factory farm, 99% of turkey, 95% of pigs, and 78% of cattle.
Factory farming just feels cruel and inhumane. I can not understand how any dignified farmer can participate in such a terrible thing. I get we need the food, but we had farms long before the factory days and they seemed to manage just fine. Get rid of the factories, get more farms, and have better environment.
No, factory farming is not damaging the traditional, less-invasive ways of farming, because those farms are allowed to continue to operate in any way that they chose. Those who operate less-invasive farms can sell their products accordingly, and people will be willing to pay more for them. However, factory farms allow for the production of a lot of food, and at a reasonable cost. This is important to some people too, especially those with low incomes.