Empty Pastures: Confined Animals and the Transformation of by Terence J. Centner

By Terence J. Centner

Over the previous century American agriculture has shifted dramatically with small, advertisement farms discovering it more and more tricky to compete with large-scale (mostly indoor) animal feeding operations (AFOs). during this e-book, Terence J. Centner investigates the environmental, social, financial, and political effect of the increase of the so-called manufacturing facility farm, exposing the ramifications of the modern development towards industrial-scale nutrition production.


Just as Rachel Carson's landmark Silent Spring used the disappearance of songbirds as a jumping-off aspect for a piece that raised public knowledge of insecticides' devastating environmental impression, Empty Pastures sees the dwindling numbers of cattle within the American nation-state as a symptom of a broader transformation, one with severe results for the agricultural panorama and its inhabitants--animal in addition to human.


After outlining the increase of the AFO, Centner examines the troubling results of consolidation in animal farming and indicates a few treatments. the problems he tackles comprise groundwater infection, the lack of biodiversity, animal welfare, targeted odors and different nuisances, soil erosion, and the commercial results of the disappearance of the small relations farm.


Inspired by means of mostly deserted conventional practices instead of a thorough and unrealistic imaginative and prescient of a go back to an idealized earlier, Centner proposes a chain of pragmatic reforms for regulating manufacturing unit farms to halt ecological degradation and revitalize rural communities.


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