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The issues include the efficiency of food production; animal welfare; whether it is essential for feeding the growing global population; and the environmental impact (e.g. The practice of industrial animal agriculture is a relatively recent development in the history of agriculture, and the result of scientific discoveries and technological advances.
Innovations in agriculture beginning in the late 19th century generally parallel developments in mass production in other industries that characterized the latter part of the Industrial Revolution.
Confinement at high stocking density is one part of a systematic effort to produce the highest output at the lowest cost by relying on economies of scale, modern machinery, biotechnology, and global trade.
There are differences in the way factory farming techniques are practiced around the world.
There is a continuing debate over the benefits, risks and ethical questions of factory farming.
The variety of stand-alone and built-in social networking services currently available online introduces challenges of definition; however, there are some common features: Most social-network services are web-based and provide means for users to interact over the Internet, such as by e-mail, by instant messaging and through online forums. They can incorporate a range of new information and communication tools, operating on desktop and laptops, mobile devices such as tablet computers and smartphones, and featuring digital photo/video/sharing and "web logging" diary entries online (blogging).
social-network services, though in a broader sense, a social-network service usually means an individual-centered service whereas online community services are group-centered.