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A High School Student's Activism Against Factory Farming

[Afro American]

Mariama Taifa-Seitu, 17, a senior at School Without Walls, is teaching this time by highlighting the controversial issue of factory farmed meat production. Inspired in her freshmen year by a video she watched about factory farming, she was hooked that the way she felt about fast foods would change. Her vigilance to bring attention to this issue never stopped.

"Before the video I never heard of factory farming before," said Seitu. "I wanted to let my friends know but they were not interested."

Factory farms are a hidden aspect of food production in the U.S.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, they are agricultural operations where animals are kept and raised in confined situations. In order to maximize profits, they produce meat in high volumes, with scant regard for food safety, the environment, or animal welfare. The main products of this industry are meat, milk and eggs for human consumption. However, with obesity on the rise across America, there have been issues regarding whether factory farming is sustainable and ethical.

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