Magazine April 6, 2020, Issue

Senator Booker Is Right about Factory Farming

A chicken-processing plant in Wiesenhof in Lohne, northern Germany (Friso Gentsch/DPA/AFP via Getty Images)
We should pass legislation to end it

Contrary to common belief, Senator Cory Booker’s best idea wasn’t dropping out of the 2020 presidential race. That was his second-best idea. His best idea was introducing the Farm System Reform Bill of 2019 to the U.S. Senate.

This legislation would curtail concentrated animal-feeding operations (CAFOs), so-called factory farms, in the U.S. Let’s hope it becomes law. Factory farms are an abomination, cruel to animals and a bad deal for humans, too. The sooner we abolish them, the better. Until then, we should take steps to reduce them.

Let’s first consider the costs to humans. Factory farms are hazardous work environments, and

This article appears as “The Case against Factory Farming” in the April 6, 2020, print edition of National Review.

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Spencer CaseMr. Case is a freelance writer and an international research fellow in the Wuhan University school of philosophy.

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