Industrial Animal Factories in Shocking Photos (Slideshow)
Image: Sophie Napier / Ardea
Once you've seen what goes on inside a Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) it's tough to accept the trade-off of horrific animal suffering in order to have cheap food.
Unfortunately, the suffering of the animals is just the most obvious problem with the industrialization of meat: Add in contaminated food, environmental degradation and the gutting of rural communities and the recipe for cheap food turns into a recipe for disaster.
The following photos and text from the recently release book CAFO (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation): The Tragedy of Industrial Animal Factories by publisher and writer Daniel Imhoff; The North Face founder Douglas Tompkins; and photographer and graphic artist Roberto Carra take us on a tour of the shameful reality of our quest for cheap eats.