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Food Production

Research Question: Can we meet the dietary protein needs of the nation’s population without concentrated animal feed operations (CAFOs)?


What are the pros & cons of concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs)?

This topic will explore the different arguments for and against concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) in food production. You will explore the different viewpoints of the food industry, farmers, health experts, and the general public. You will be required to read many different types of information sources including articles found in both popular websites and scholarly sources.

Step 1: Locate and read two background articles 

Access and read the following Wikipedia article:

Intensive animal farming. (2014). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.

Access the following CQ Researcher article by following the path provided:

"Factory Farms"

  • UA Library Homepage> Search & Find > Articles & Databases
  • Find Databases by TITLE > C
  • Scroll down the page and click the link CQ Researcher Plus Archive
  • In the search box, type "factory farms" and then click Search.
  • Click on the title: "Factory Farms" (1/2007)
  • Read the article.

Step 2: Analyze Articles: 

Print the Article Analysis form. You will complete this as you read the following articles:

Access Academic Search Complete:
Go to the UA Library homepage at Click Search & Find > Articles & Databases > Academic Search Complete

Article 1

  • In the keyword search box type in "concentrated animal feeding operations" and click Search.
  • Find the record for the article titled "Won't You Be My Neighbor? Living With Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations." by Emily Kolbe.
  • Click the link PDF Full Text to read the full article.

Article 2

  • In Academic Search Complete, click Clear to begin a new search.
  • In the keyword search box type in "factory farming" and click Search.
  • Find the record for the article titled "Human Consequences of Animal Exploitation: Needs for Redefining Social Welfare" by Atsuko Matsuoka.
  • Click the link PDF Full Text to read the full article.

Step 3: Select and evaluate websites

These tutorials will help you identify a set of criteria for assessing a web source’s credibility.

Step 4: Search for more articles

Step 5: Use specialized databases and locate articles when you have a citation

Step 6: Cite your sources

Citation Guide


Last modified: January 13, 2014