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Food Movement Glossary

Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO)

Definition:

In concentrated animal feeding operations, animals are confined for more than 45 days per year. The EPA determines whether an agricultural business is a CAFO based on regulations created by the Clean Water Act, and special permits have to be given for the owners to operate a CAFO legally.

Example of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO):

In many industrial farms, mass numbers of animals are being raised in a confinement. This practice is known as CAFO or concentrated animal feeding operation, which often becomes a problem to the environment as its concentrated wastes such as manures, pollutes water ways, affecting the health of the local communities.
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