Hot, Crowded & Legal

David Cassuto
Here’s a teaser from my forthcoming piece, “Hot, Crowded & Legal: A look at Industrial Agriculture in the United States and Brazil.”  The article is co authored with the fabulous Sarah Saville (Pace JD 2012) and will appear in the Animal Law Review.  The article is based on a talk I gave at the Review’s Inaugural Symposium in Fall 2011.

This essay examines the impact of industrial animal agriculture in the United States and Brazil.  It surveys the respective regulatory environments in the two countries and discusses how their regulatory regimes have enabled the spread of factory farming while taking little heed of its pernicious effects.  We focus on the United States and Brazil for several reasons.  First, they are the first and eight largest economies in the world, respectively.  Second, both countries have very large agricultural sectors and play significant roles internationally.  In addition, both countries have begun to address the issues raised by factory farming while yet having much work yet to do.  

Part II of this essay provides an overview of industrial agriculture and the major impacts of industrial agriculture on the environment, animals, and people, including problems specific to the United States and Brazil. Part III examines the history and current state of industrial agriculture in the United States, and the laws pertaining to industrial agriculture.  Part IV examines the history and current state of industrial agriculture in Brazil and the laws, or lack thereof, related to industrial agriculture.  Part V provides a comparative analysis of the legal regimes of the United States and Brazil.  It  concludes with the observation that …   MORE

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