ABSTRACT

All areas of confinement agriculture deploy liberal amounts of antibiotics in the course of raising. After concluding its report, the Pew Commission made numerous recommendations aimed at curtailing antibiotic use in farm animals. However, Congress ignored these recommendations due to the influence of large pharmacy companies, which would lose millions if such prescribing of antibiotics were to be limited. An additional set of moral problems emerging from confinement agriculture is the effect it has on the environment. One of the key features of traditional agriculture was its sustainability. The industrialization of agriculture has had enormous consequences for a rural way of life. The Pew Commission Report represents an articulation of animal agriculture severed from the fanatic pursuit of productivity and profit, aimed at restoring sustainability, husbandry, and respect for the environment, rural communities, animal welfare, and small agriculture played out in non-monopolistic contexts.