Definition of factory farming in US English:

factory farming


  • A system of rearing livestock using intensive methods, by which poultry, pigs, or cattle are confined indoors under strictly controlled conditions.

    • ‘Nor is a return to ‘primitive’ farming practices the only alternative to factory farming and highly intensive agriculture.’
    • ‘Laboratories using new tissue engineering technology might be able to produce meat that is healthier for consumers and cut down on pollution produced by factory farming, researchers said.’
    • ‘The mountains of manure that factory farming generates foul our air and water, disrupting ecosystems and sickening rural communities.’
    • ‘She says gardening is a good introduction to issues such as factory farming, pesticides and genetically modified food.’
    • ‘Intensive factory farming has happened because of this demand for cheap food.’


factory farming

/ˈfækt(ə)ri ˌfɑrmɪŋ//ˈfakt(ə)rē ˌfärmiNG/