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From one perspective, the system is astoundingly efficient, catapulting U.S. chicken consumption well over that of beef and pork. Factory-style production allows consumers to spend their food dollars on what appears to be an inexpensive meat that has been sliced, diced, deboned, and often cooked for them. But, in reality, this system is costly—for the environment, for many communities where... Read More
More than 350 organizations and more than 150 small businesses have urged President Obama to protect our nation's waterways from animal waste produced by industrial livestock operations. Food animals in the United States generate up to 1 billion tons of waste every year, which often contains nutrients, pathogens, sediment,... Read More
Competition is a critical element of our free market economy and is particularly important in agriculture. Consumers understand almost instinctively that market domination by a single powerful business can lead to higher prices. Less obvious is the role that lack of competition has played in squeezing out small and midsize farms and ranches and in changing the nature of animal agriculture across... Read More