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By Terence J. Centner

over the last century American agriculture has shifted dramatically with small, advertisement farms discovering it more and more tough to compete with large-scale (mostly indoor) animal feeding operations (AFOs). during this e-book, Terence J. Centner investigates the environmental, social, fiscal, and political influence of the increase of the so-called manufacturing facility farm, exposing the ramifications of the modern pattern towards industrial-scale nutrition construction. _x000B__x000B_Just as Rachel Carson's landmark Silent Spring used the disappearance of songbirds as a jumping-off element for a piece that raised public knowledge of insecticides' devastating environmental impression, Empty Pastures sees the dwindling numbers of cattle within the American geographical region as a symptom of a broader transformation, one with critical results for the agricultural panorama and its inhabitants--animal in addition to human._x000B__x000B_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, centred odors and different nuisances, soil erosion, and the industrial results of the disappearance of the small relations farm. _x000B__x000B_Inspired through mostly deserted conventional practices instead of an intensive and unrealistic imaginative and prescient of a go back to an idealized earlier, Centner proposes a sequence of pragmatic reforms for regulating manufacturing facility farms to halt ecological degradation and revitalize rural communities.

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