Family Part Of Family Farms

The Family Part Of 'Factory Farms'

Many people will see the term of factory farms and immediately look at it in a negative sense, they see this name and think of heartless, abusive workers who do not care about the livestock or crops. There are flaws in this argument, and here are only a few of them. We will be looking at several basic topics around factory and family farms.

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1. What is a Factory Farm?

Some people think of the heart wrenching scene in a Chipotle commercial where the cattle were in boxes and crying. This is nothing but a marketing ploy to persuade people who are uninformed to chose their products. In reality these farms can be owned by a larger corporation or business. Think of any fast food restaurant, there are multiple locations, but they are under the same name.

2. Corporation farming

To many peoples surprise corporation farming is not a bunch of suit wearing men in a board room figuring out the budget for the year, it can also be a family. Many family's go corporate to create a save guard around themselves and their farm. While many people will look at this situation and only see large commercial farms, around 88% of farms are still family owned.

3. Consolidation of the farms in the U.S.

The basic answer to why we are seeing less farms and larger farms is that production on a large enough scale to make money is hard to do. It is hard to do for everyone, because the majority of the Ag products rely on a market price that changes. There is no guaranteed pay in these types of jobs. But when a larger business owns the ranch, the workers are going to get paid, and losses will not devastate the families tied to the ranch.

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When You Give A Girl A Papa

She'll learn enough lessons to last a lifetime.
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When you give a girl a Papa she'll have the best adventures.

She'll run around atop his shoulders and learn to fly. Her imagination will never run dry and she'll always be down for a laugh. He'll tell her stories and wipe away her tears. When you give a girl a Papa she'll have memories to last her years.

Papa is German for Dad but in America, it has become a slang term for grandpa. And while it is just a word, for some, it has a deeper meaning. Papa isn't just a grandfather, he's a best friend, the instigator of mischief, a protector, a storyteller, a rock, the strongest man you know and, most importantly, a hero.

Papa can turn ordinary, everyday activities into an adventure. From a young age, I was running behind him as quickly as my little legs could carry me ready for that day's adventure. I was always down for anything Papa was doing, following him in his daily chores and mimicking his every move. Cuddling up and watching sports in his lazy chair was my favorite time of the day because he always told the best stories. Sitting there hanging onto every word he said because it was the most important thing I ever heard.

Papa is full of experience and wisdom. His wise words provide comfort every time I am sad. He can always make me laugh to fight the tears away. I'm not sure how, but he always knows what to say to make me feel better. Papa is a fearless force that never bows and is never broken. He can weather all of the storms while smiling and laughing. I can only hope to have that resilience when facing life's problems. And when Papa was struggling with his own battles, I will stand right next to him, ready to fight and do all I can for him.

Papa can do a happy dance via the phone so he is the person to call when something good happens. He is always there to celebrate life and all its joy. And, even though he tried to hide them, he cried happy tears the day of my high school graduation. I pretended not to notice.

Leaving Nana and Papa's house is always the worst part of the trip. Driving away waving my hand in the air with tears welling in my eyes because I can't wait for the next adventure. Disappointing Papa was the scariest thing you I could think of, but I knew that he would never stay that way for long. There was always a lesson to learn from mistakes.

He is the man I model all men after. If they don't treat me the way Papa demonstrated, they are not worthy of my time. If they don't make me laugh or have that twinkle of passion in their eyes and fire in their soul like my Papa, then they aren't the man for me.

Papa is my hero. I would give anything to be like him, to stand strong and hold the world together when it just wants to fall apart. To be able to make anyone laugh and feel right at home. To fight for what I believe in and work hard to achieve my goals. To have charisma and charm. To deal with people who wrong me with class and kindness. To follow my faith with questions because that is the only way to make your beliefs stronger. To be the person everyone speaks of with a fond memory in their eye.

At the end of it all, he is my Papa and no one can take his place. I can and will drop anything to be by his side. He has shaped me into the person that I am working to be. I will always call him for advice and kind words.

Best friends come in many forms, but my favorite will always be my Papa.

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I Bought a Menstrual Cup and I'm Never Going Back

I am now in a committed relationship with my DivaCup

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If you get a period you probably know all the money that gets poured into buying products for it. Tampons and pads are ridiculously expensive, and the dreaded Pink Tax doesn't help the matter. Tampons and pads are also not great for the environment, which is something to keep in mind because right now our planet is in the worst state it's ever been in, and only getting worse.

I first heard about menstrual cups a year or two ago, and at first I was confused. How do you put a whole cup inside you? Does it even work? I decided to research, and I found that there are so many benefits to using a reusable menstrual cup. Firstly, you only have to buy one every several years because most of them are silicone, and they clean easily and don't need to be replaced for years. This means that you just have to wash them and store them in a safe place in between each period, which reduces waste significantly. Second, they are better for your body because they don't have the chemicals that many big brand tampons have. I had no idea that there were so many not-so-nice things in the tampons that I would use every month. All this research made me wonder, is it worth the purchase? DivaCup, one of the most popular brands of menstrual cup runs for about $40-$45. What if I spend all this money and it doesn't work for me? But do I want to keep spending money on tampons and creating so much waste?

So I bought one. I went to CVS and bought a DivaCup. It was a blow to my bank account, of course, but I was determined to make it work for me. Along with the cup, I bought baby wash to wash it. DivaCup sells a wash made specifically for washing the cup, but the store didn't have any, and after lots of research I found out that baby wash is just as gentle. I was so excited to go home and use it for my next period.

The first time was …. an experience. It takes some practice to get used to inserting and removing the cup, and the first time I did it I was worried that I would get the cup stuck inside me (I didn't, I was just overreacting). I got the hang of it pretty quickly, and that first period that I had with the cup was amazing. I had almost no leaking, which I used to get all the time with tampons, and I didn't have to deal with annoying pads when I was sleeping because the cup can be worn through the night. Also, the cup can be worn for a full 12 hours compared to tampons which are only supposed to be worn for 8 hours maximum.

I bought my cup about a year ago and I haven't spent a dime on tampons or pads since then. The DivaCup has saved me so much money and hassle over the past year and I feel good about what I'm putting in my body because I know it's gentle and safe, and I know I'm reducing waste. Yes, sometimes it's a hassle to empty it in a public bathroom, everything has drawbacks, but I would do that a million times before I purchased tampons again.

If you are someone who is interested in trying some alternative form of menstrual product, such as the cup or Thinx period panties, then I would strongly encourage you to do so. I love my cup, and I love the benefits that come with it. It was so worth the money (it actually saves me money in the long run), and so much better for your body and the environment.

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