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December 22, 2009

Factory Farming Makes Kiwis Queasy

Dairy CowsNew Zealand is known for its pasture-raised beef and dairy products. But now a plan to raise 18,000 dairy cows indoors for the majority of the year is causing outrage in the island country. Opponents say that the factory farm will tarnish New Zealand’s image as an eco-friendly country with top-notch diary products. 

Factory farms, which are widespread in the U.S., are known for extremely poor animal welfare, pollution problems, and less-nutritious products. You can find pasture-raised dairy products in the U.S. from small, local farms. And of course, with so much of animal farming in the U.S. being done at factory farms, staying away from meat and limiting dairy consumption are good options, too.

--Kyle Boelte

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