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The Infamous CAFO: Semantics Schmemantics!

By Tabitha Alterman

Tags: CAFO, confined animal feeding operation, country animal feeding operation, intensive livestock management,

CAFO cattleEver heard of a CAFO? Does it conjure up lovely pastoral images of happy cows prancing around in tall grass all the livelong day? Didn’t think so! The CAFO, or Confined Animal Feeding Operation, is still the big hot stinky mess we all know and don’t love — despite how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency might try to label it. Check out this obfuscation … ahem, I mean … new acronym:

"EPA Takes Important Step in Controlling Air Pollution from Farm Country Animal Feeding Operations" (emphasis mine; full report here).