Where Our Food Comes From – Sustainable Farms Versus Industrial Factory Farms

Sustainable agriculture takes many forms, but at its core is a rejection of the industrial approach to food production developed during the 20th century.

Unfortunately, most food produced in the U.S. is no longer grown or raised on sustainable farms. During the mid-1900s, U.S. agriculture began to industrialize, becoming increasingly mechanized and reliant upon resource-intensive inputs like synthetic fertilizers and chemical pesticides. Over time, farms became larger, more specialized, and centralized, creating a process of extreme consolidation that drove many small farms out of business, and ultimately resulted in large factory farms and a food market controlled by a handful of powerful corporations.

Industrial Crops.  Today, industrial crops are produced on huge monoculture crop farms, which rely extensively on chemical pesticides, synthetic fertilizers and genetically modified crop varieties. This system has made food abundant and affordable, however, the ecological and social price has been steep. These practices deplete and degrade soil, reduce biodiversity, and generate air and water pollutants that contaminate the environment and threaten the health of farm workers, neighbors, and consumers.

Sustainable Crops.  Food production should never come at the expense of human health. Since sustainable crop farms avoid hazardous pesticides, they’re able to grow fruits and vegetables that are safer for consumers, workers, and surrounding communities.

Industrial Livestock Production.  The majority of meat, eggs, and dairy products are now produced on enormous industrial livestock facilities. Also known as factory farms or CAFOs (concentrated animal feeding operations), these facilities confine thousands (and, in some cases, hundreds of thousands) of animals in cramped conditions without access to the outdoors. In addition to compromising animal welfare, factory farms generate a huge amount of waste, which pollutes air, water, and soil, degrading the natural environment and threatening public health.

Please watch this video to learn more about Industrial Livestock Production:


Since 2003, The Meatrix has educated over 30 million consumers about the problems caused by factory farms. Since then, interest in sustainable food has grown – but so have the number of factory farms.

Sustainable Livestock Production.  Sustainable livestock farmers and ranchers raise animals without dangerous practices like use of non-therapeutic antibiotics or arsenic-based growth promoters. Through careful, responsible management of livestock waste, sustainable farmers also protect humans from exposure to pathogens, toxins, and other hazardous pollutants.

Sustainable farmers and ranchers treat animals with care and respect, implementing livestock husbandry practices that protect animals’ health and wellbeing. By raising livestock on pasture, these farmers enable their animals to move freely, engage in instinctive behaviors, consume a natural diet, and avoid the stress and illness associated with confinement.

A Sustainable Food Future.  Although industrial agriculture currently dominates the U.S. food system, public awareness of the problems caused by this model has grown rapidly, building extensive support for sustainable agriculture, creating a robust market for sustainable foods, and inspiring formidable demand for agricultural policy and regulatory reform.

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