CAFOs cost taxpayers billions
The news has been full of stories recently about the rising cost of food. But when it comes to most meat, milk, and eggs sold in the United States, consumers have paid more for years—they just didn’t know it. CAFOs (confined animal feeding operations) are massive facilities that create costly pollution and public health problems as they produce most of the nation’s food animals. Union of Concerned Scientists new report documents the billions of dollars of hidden costs that CAFOs foist onto taxpayers and communities, and the misguided government policies that enable and even encourage it. From taxpayer subsidies for cheap animal feed to federal programs that help CAFOs manage their pollution problems, our report reveals how expensive our current CAFO system really is. Meanwhile, we found that modern, environmentally sound alternatives can be cost-effective if given a chance. The report, CAFOs Uncovered: The Untold Costs of Confined Animal Feeding Operations, recommends that the government provide incentives for more sustainable and efficient ways to raise animals, including pasture systems.
Related Holy Scripture*:
God is good!!
God’s compassion for his animals is clear in Scripture. For example, one’s livestock are to rest on the Sabbath [Exodus 20: 811]. And Yeshua taught that it was laudable to rescue an animal that was in danger, even if it meant violating one of the traditional Sabbath laws [Matthew 12:11-12]
“And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out? . How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore, it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days.”
“God created the great sea creatures and every living thing that creeps, so that the water swarmed with all kinds of them, and there was every kind of winged bird; and God saw that it was good.” [Genesis 1:21]
“God made each kind of wild beast, each kind of livestock and every kind of animal that crawls along the ground and God saw that it was good.” [Genesis 1:25]
“For all forest creatures are mine already, as are the animals on a thousand hills; I know all the birds in the mountains; whatever moves in the fields is mine.” [Psalms 50:10-11]
*Extracted from Wildlife Love for God’s Creation