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June 1 2008 ~ "a phasing-out of confinement systems that restricts "natural movement and normal behaviour"
We were very pleased to be sent a link to yesterday's New York Times The editorial looks at two recent reports on intensive farming: the report funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts (as we reported in early May) and the report from the Union of Concerned Scientists CAFOs Uncovered
The Untold Costs of Confined Animal Feeding Operations and we read the editorial comment:
"No matter what you call it, it adds up to the same thing. Millions of animals are crowded together in inhumane conditions, causing significant environmental threats and unacceptable health risks for workers, their neighbors and all the rest of us... animal husbandry has been turned into animal abuse. Manure - traditionally a source of fertilizer - has been turned into toxic waste that fouls the air and adjacent water bodies. Crowding creates health problems, resulting in the chronic overuse of antibiotics.
If these reports result in a new awareness of the impoverishment of human life as a result of animal abuse, followed by a phasing out of these intensive systems, it will be cheering indeed. Read NYT article and the two reports in full. As we said on on May 2, some of the photographs show with grim clarity what is involved in intensive methods of food production.
And, because the modest profits in confinement operations require the lowest possible labor costs, including automated feeding, watering and manure-handling systems, these operations have helped empty and impoverish rural America...."
"Confined Animal Feeding Operationsare not the inevitable result of market forces. Instead, these unhealthy operations are largely the result of misguided public policy that can and should be changed."
says the Union of Concerned Scientists. Read report