Empty Pastures: Confined Animals and the Transformation of the Rural Landscape ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Terence J. Centner

Empty Pastures: Confined Animals and the Transformation of the Rural Landscape

University of Illinois Press
Publication date: February 2004
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Over the past century American agriculture has shifted dramatically, with small, commercial farms finding it increasingly difficult to compete with large-scale (mostly indoor) animal feeding operations (AFOs). In this book, Terence J. Centner investigates the environmental, social, economic, and political impact of the rise of the so-called factory farm, exposing the ramifications of the contemporary trend toward industrial-scale food production. _x000B__x000B_Just as Rachel Carson's landmark Silent Spring used the disappearance of songbirds as a jumping-off point for a work that raised public awareness of pesticides' devastating environmental impact, Empty Pastures sees the dwindling numbers of livestock in the American countryside as a symptom of a broader transformation, one with serious consequences for the rural landscape and its inhabitants--animal as well as human. _x000B__x000B_After outlining the rise of the AFO, Centner examines the troubling consequences of consolidation in animal farming and suggests a number of remedies. The issues he tackles include groundwater contamination, the loss of biodiversity, animal welfare, concentrated odors and other nuisances, soil erosion, and the economic effects of the disappearance of the small family farm. _x000B__x000B_Inspired by largely abandoned traditional practices rather than a radical and unrealistic vision of a return to an idealized past, Centner proposes a series of pragmatic reforms for regulating factory farms to halt ecological degradation and revitalize rural communities. _x000B_
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Empty Pastures: Confined Animals and the Transformation of the Rural Landscape ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Terence J. Centner
University of Illinois Press, February 2004
ISBN: 9780252090806
EAN:  9780252090806
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List Price: $33.30 eBook price: $28.99
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University of Illinois Press, February 2004
ISBN: 9780252090806
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