Factory farming operations, that rely on densely packed animal populations that often live in filthy and inhumane conditions, had two big wins in the past election.
In California, an initiative to require labeling of GMOs (genetically modified food) was defeated and in North Dakota a law was passed that basically gives a green light to the factory farm industry to do whatever it wants without any regulation whatsoever. The laws that passed states:
The right of farmers and ranchers to engage in modern farming and ranching practices shall be forever guaranteed in this state. No law shall be enacted which abridges the right of farmers and ranchers to employ agricultural technology, modern livestock production and ranching practices.
The irony here is that factory farms are neither farms or ranches, they are industrialized meat producing corporations that escape many of the governmental pollution regulations by labeling themselves as agricultural, rather than industrial operations.
Laws do not require producers to tell you where your food comes from, so you have no way of knowing if the animals you eat were raised in North Dakota. If you must eat meat, buy locally from a trusted producer that really is a rancher or a farmer and humanely raises its animals.
Factory farmed operations are in it for the money, not for you (unless of course you own stock in one of these concentration camps). They have a lot at steak and spend millions annually to make sure they get the laws (or lack of laws) they want.
Your best bet is not to eat animals at all. The “meat myth,” which claims we must eat animals to have a healthy, balanced diet, is just a myth, spun largely by meat producers in much the same way the milk myth was created.