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Food Movement Glossary

Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO)


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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