Full Title Name:  From Factory Farming to A Sustainable Food System: A Legislative Approach

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Michelle Johnson-Weider Place of Publication:  Georgetown Environmental Law Review Publish Year:  2020 Primary Citation:  32 Geo. Envtl. L. Rev. 685 (2020) 0 Country of Origin:  United States
Summary: This Article explores the true costs of widespread industrialized agricultural practices in the United States (“U.S.”), particularly the most egregious of those practices—concentrated animal feeding operations (“CAFOs”). For nearly a hundred years, the United States has used federal policy and taxpayer dollars to support agricultural practices focused on high yields and cheap animal-based protein. As a result, the United States is reaping a harvest of toxicity: drinking water contaminated with cancer-causing nitrates and cyanobacteria, untreated animal sewage flooding across watersheds and adulterating crops, and dead zones in the Gulf of Mexico and the Chesapeake Bay that cost state fishing and tourism industries hundreds of millions of dollars in lost revenues. Society picks up the true cost of “cheap meat” while industrialized agriculture thrives in a seemingly endless stream of federal support. It is long past time for a change. This Article proposes legislation that would leverage the power of the federal government to promote sustainable agricultural practices to reduce and eventually reverse the devastating health, economic, and environmental impacts of industrialized agricultural production.
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Copyright © 2020 by Michelle Johnson-Weider. Reprinted with permission.

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