Animal Factory by Kirby, David

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One powerful argument for agribusiness is that it offers a lower retail price of food to shoppers. For consumers, factory-farmed meat, milk, and eggs are usually considerably more affordable than their organic, free-range, or “sustainably produced” counterparts. Most working families do not have the luxury of buying high-end, “boutique” protein. Some opponents of CAFOs would counterargue that families should simply cut down on the animal products they buy. I am not a vegetarian, and you will occasionally find me in line for fast food, so I have no business telling others how to eat.

S. beef cattle are still owned and raised by independent producers—on open pasture, grassland, or through grazing permits on federal land—and spend only the last few months of their lives being fattened on grain in massive feedlots, which most certainly qualify as CAFOs, with all their attendant environmental issues. ) As for fish farms, they certainly present challenges that keep some environmentalists up at night, including farmed-salmon escapees that introduce harmful pests such as sea lice and viral diseases that infect wild fish populations.

He had his suspect. It was time to start prosecuting his case. ” Helen Reddout shot upright in her bed, wrenched from the hazy dreams of a late-summer sleep. It was the summer of 1996. A stinging odor ricocheted through her nose and coated her mouth and throat. Her eyes were weepy. Helen cupped one hand over her face, fearing she might puke. It smelled as though someone had dumped an entire septic tank right onto the king-size bed. She turned to look at her husband, Don, who was still sleeping, oblivious to the stench invading the bedroom of their handsome two-story, 1920s white-wood farmhouse.

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