Confinement Agriculture from a Moral Perspective

The Pew Commission Report

Authored by: Bernard E. Rollin

The Routledge Handbook of Food Ethics

Print publication date:  July  2016
Online publication date:  July  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138809130
eBook ISBN: 9781315745503
Adobe ISBN: 9781317595502

10.4324/9781315745503.ch24

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Abstract

One of the most momentous social revolutions of the past century was occasioned by the industrialization of animal agriculture. Yet despite its profound effect on all aspects of human life, including demographical distribution of human population, sustainability of the food supply, effects on public health, major modifications on the workforce, environmental despoliation, consolidation of wealth, technological innovation, the quality of life of billions of sentient creatures – this revolution was ignored by scholars in the United States until the first decade of the 21st century. It was only then that Johns Hopkins University, in conjunction with The Pew Charitable Trusts, undertook the first comprehensive critical analysis of the negative effects of intensive, industrialized agriculture.

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