CAFO


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concentrated animal feeding operations

, confined animal feeding operations,

CAFO

Industrial-scale livestock production in which a large number of chickens, cows, pigs, or other animals are confined in a local area for food production. CAFOs produce a variety of by-products that may impact environmental health, including large quantities of manure and associated gases, which affect air, soil, and water quality. They provide potential breeding grounds for diseases that may spread from animals to humans. Antibiotics used in these operations have been linked to the development of antibiotic resistance in bacteria.

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