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Re: “Cow Country: The Rise of the CAFO in Idaho

ICARE is in the process of compiling a comprehensive list of the legal business entities that operate Large CAFOs, but people are welcome to search and find out for themselves:…
(Note: some Large CAFOs are operated under corporate entities registered in other states-- such as California-- so you may not be able to find all applicable information through the Idaho Secretary of State's Office.)

As to whether Large CAFOs "adhere to all laws and regulations," ICARE is also in the midst of auditing, scanning & uploading all of ISDA's waste files on Large CAFOs (all 200+ of them). You can read what we've got up so far and judge for yourself here:

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Posted by Family farm defender on 09/03/2010 at 5:37 PM

Re: “Cow Country: The Rise of the CAFO in Idaho

@davehalo: Good points. I'd quibble only with your characterization of CAFO owners as "farmers." They aren't. CAFO owners with thousands of cows on very little ground are operating factories, not farms: in the CAFO model a cow (not to mention a worker) is just a replaceable widget (there's even a special type of CAFO-- called a "heifer replacement facility"-- that produces replacement cow-widgets for the dairy CAFOs).

--On a farm, workers are considered valuable for both their knowledge and experience. On a CAFO, workers are commonly exploited and intimidated.

-- On a farm, a cow is part of a larger ecosystem and can live nearly 20 years. CAFO cows can be expected to live 2-3 lactation cycles (usually 4 years).

These are just some of the many differences between CAFOs are traditional dairy farms. It's time we took back the "farmer" name from the animal factories that have co-opted it and dragged the dairy industry as a whole with them into the mud (or, more appropriately, manure).

I'd also add the cost of climate change, loss of biodiversity and subsequent threats to food security to your list of things "externalized" by the CAFO industry onto taxpayers.

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Posted by Family farm defender on 09/01/2010 at 1:36 PM

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