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Opposition To CAFOs


A consortium of close to 200 environmental advocacy groups has addressed a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency urging action directed against Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) that do not comply with federal standards.  A secondary issue is that the advocacy groups are now invoking racial inequity by stating that many CAFOs are located in areas with adjacent low-income and minority communities.


EPA was requested to exercise authority under the Clean Air Act, the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act and the Clean Water Act to limit pollution from non-compliant CAFOs.


Environmental activism will become more intense, irrespective of the Administration in the White House.  Any poultry operation that has substandard disposal of water, effluent or manure should address deficiencies since intensified state and federal involvement is inevitable.


There is an obvious trend by environmental and welfare activists to cooperate in opposing intensive livestock production. The problem with organizations condemning CAFOs is that they offer no practical alternative to supply the protein needs of consumers.