A factory farm is one in which the animals and the plants that are harvested are treated as commodities from day one in order to produce the most food at the lowest cost to the farm. It is using lots of chemicals and additives and takes up a lot of land that is badly used.
I think that factory farms are good for the environment, because they can farm more in a smaller space. With less space being used for farming, there can be more swamps and other spaces left to their natural habitats. Butterflies, like the monarch, will then have places to mate in milkweed.
"The world’s cattle alone consume a quantity of food equal to the caloric needs of 8.7 billion people—more than the entire human population on Earth" (“The Global Benefits of Eating Less Meat” by Mark Gold and Jonathon Porritt)
"2,500 gallons of water are needed to produce 1 pound of beef." Dr. George Borgstrom, Chairman of Food Science and Human Nutrition Dept of College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Michigan State University, "Impacts on Demand for and Quality of land and Water." )
I believe factory farms are slightly bad for the environment, but they are almost essential to feeding the populace. Factory farms shouldn't be signaled out for harming the environment when there are far bigger perpetrators out there. At least these practices ensure some people don't starve to death. If take factory farms away you cut off a large supply of food.
Factory farms are bad for the environment. Factory farms pollute the soil from their farming techniques and emit greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere from the production that goes on at those farms. Factory farms do great harm to the environment and I hope that they will find more sustainable ways forward.