Senate Bill Places Moratorium on Large Animal Farming Operations (CAFOs)

Senator Cory Booker has introduced U.S. Senate Bill 3221 to “place a moratorium on large concentrated animal feeding operations, to strengthen the Packers and Stockyards Act, 1921, to require country of origin labeling on beef, pork, and dairy products, and for other purposes.”

You can read the full Senate bill and offer position statements at (2020). S. 3221 — 116th Congress: Farm System Reform Act of 2019.

All of the environmental problems with CAFOs have direct impact on human health and welfare for communities that contain large industrial farms.

Understanding Concentrated environmental health
Animal Feeding Operations and
Their Impact on Communities

CAFOs have long been cited as a major source of pathogens, pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from within the animal agriculture sector. The CDC reports that, “The increased clustering and growth of CAFOs has led to growing environmental problems in many communities. The excess production of manure and problems with storage or manure management can affect ground and surface water quality. Emissions from degrading manure and livestock digestive processes produce air pollutants that often affect ambient air quality in communities surrounding CAFOs. CAFOs can also be the source of greenhouse gases, which contribute to global climate change.”

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