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[Excerpt] The all-American farmer may be one of the most ‘American’ concepts of all time. One family working together to supply food to their community is a picturesque and wholesome portrayal of farming. When people wonder about where their food comes from, many times they conjure this vision; however, this is not the truth. Large, industrialized corporations took the animal agriculture industry by storm, putting most family farms out of business. The American dream of a family raising animals together to later supply food was replaced with large warehouses packed full of squealing hogs waiting to reach their slaughter weight (Estabrook, 93). The repercussions of these overcrowded slaughter facilities are detrimental to the surrounding workers, communities, and environment. For these reasons, slaughter facilities, particularly for swine, are established in populations where the people do not have the resources to defend themselves against the harmful effects to their health, community, and economy. The concept of a large industry exerting their power over less privileged communities constitutes injustice through inequity and inequality by not providing fair treatment. Low income and minority populations suffer unjust consequences to their health and wellbeing due to the establishment of pork farms and factories in their communities.