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You might have heard about what horrible places factory farms are for animals, but have you ever seen what one looks like? Most people in the United States are operating under the assumption that the meat, dairy and eggs that they consume comes from a farm that somewhat resembles a large idyllic pasture, run by a friendly, hardworking farmer. In reality, factory farms are large-scale feeding operations that hold thousands of animals in incredibly unsanitary conditions. Instead of a rustic barn, there are rows and rows of metal sheds, and in place of a babbling brook where the animals go to drink, there is a massive cesspool filled with their excrement.

Sounds lovely, doesn’t it.

It is no wonder that the world of factory farming is largely hidden from consumers. Filmmaker Mark Devries is hoping to change American’s perceptions of factory farms by simply showing us all what they look at. Using a drone, Devries hovers over a farm owned by Smithfield Foods, the country’s largest pork producer. Without even having to explain what it is we see, the message rings loud and clear. This is not what a farm should look like.

The waste from the factory farm collects in a massive lagoon and the only way to empty it is by spraying it on the surrounding land. The smell is so incredibly strong that it gives neighboring residents headaches and even high blood pressure due to the noxious mix of chemicals that is transported in the air. Children who live in the area have higher rates of asthma and upper respiratory conditions. Factory farms are making people sick and polluting the environment … and for what? Pork, bacon and sausage.

Take a look for yourself … is it really worth it?

 

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193 comments on “Filmmaker Uses Drone to Look at Aerial Views of Factory Farms … The Result is Shocking”

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Different Joe
2 Years Ago

This is nothing new. I have worked at these farms as well as dairy farms. Dairy farms have also had lagoons like these for a long time. The smell is indeed very strong and yes we used the water from the lagoons, in both pig and dairy environments, to irrigate the fields. These fields were the greenest fields around. All of that said, the thing that disgusts me the most is the sensationalism that goes into this story obviously from someone who lives a less than robust life. I agree that it is disgusting but there is nothing to be exposed here. Nothing hiding in the woods that people don\'t know about. He should do some research on where human feces and urine go.


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LT
2 Years Ago

One point that many people forget is: When you decide to move to an area near a factory farm, I can guarantee you can smell it before you make the purchase. Yes those houses will be cheaper because of this. However, if someone doesn\'t want to deal with the smell of a factory farm, it would be a pretty simple choice to not move there. Also these catch pools are the most effective, and cleanly way of containing factory farm manure. So how about, instead of focusing on problems, maybe everyone should focus in on a solution. And I\'m sorry but "everyone needs to become a vegetarian" is not a foreseeable solution.


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Mark
20 Dec 2014

Sadly, these farms are built in poor communities, and then of course they lower property values even more, so the neighbors cannot afford to move away.

Nortavon
20 Dec 2014

solution. http://vimeo.com/80518559

Joe M.
2 Years Ago

What a biased sensationalized piece of drama. I personally love how they refer to manure as toxic waste. Manure is not toxic waste. Anyone give any consideration the nutrient value in the manure and how much inorganic fertilizer the manure replaces in crop production. Maybe in all fairness take that drone and fly over municipal waste treatment facilities and examine how that makes into the ecosystem.


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Mark
20 Dec 2014

Pig manure contains chemicals including hydrogen sulfide & ammonia, which are associated with serious health risks. Please see "more info" page on video\'s site for studies of public health consequences of this system. Also, unfortunately, these facilities produce farm too much waste to use as fertilizer, so it is simply sprayed into the air, onto grass fields, etc.

Joe M.
22 Dec 2014

Apples contain formaldehyde and their seeds contain cyanide. Better stop eating apples too.

Joe M
2 Years Ago

What a biased sensationalized piece of work. I personally love how people refer to manure as toxic waste. Did anyone ever take a moment to see what the actual nutrient value of manure is - replacing inorganic fertilizer in crop production. Maybe for a fair comparison you should fly a drone over municipal waste storage and see what\'s going on there as well.


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Mark
20 Dec 2014

Pig manure contains chemicals such as hydrogen sulfide and ammonia, which are associated with serious health risks. Please see the "more info" page on the video\'s website for studies of the health consequences of this system. And unfortunately, these facilities produce farm too much waste to use as fertilizer, so they simply spray it into the air and onto grass, etc.

S. Lincoln
2 Years Ago

Not to put too fine a point on it, I watched this without the audio paying and I"m not sure you could get this as evidence in any court since not a single animal is shown on the film. Yes ,the way we get our meat is disgusting, but if you\'ve ever seen any one skin a buck or slaughter a hog, it\'s no less disgusting.


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Angelika Altum
2 Years Ago

oh my gosh! disgusting!


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Jared Douglas
2 Years Ago

Stop buying your meat from a grocery store. Support local farmers.


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April Shanti Shanbon
2 Years Ago

look where there waste is going we use to call it water


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Donielle Offerman Leigh
2 Years Ago

People hate me for sharing these kinds of videos. No one wants to see the results of the meat industry.


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Kerstin Bergsten
2 Years Ago

Gross!!!


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