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Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production

The Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production was an independent commission formed in 2006 to study industrial animal agriculture. According to its website, its goal was “to conduct a comprehensive, fact-based and balanced examination of key aspects of the farm animal industry.” A collaborative effort of The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the commission published its report Putting Meat on the Table: Industrial Farm Animal Production in America in May 2008—a report that articulates concerns about industrialized animal agriculture in a variety of areas. After providing background information on industrial animal production, this entry describes the creation of the commission, its main areas of study, and its findings and recommendations.

Background

The 20th-century transformation of animal agriculture from ...

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