Brad Plumber over at Ezra Klein's Wonkblog writes my thoughts better than I do :-)
While my comments about CAFO's in my post
the other day are sure to offend many, I did try to choose my words
carefully. There are many ethical and environmental issues that
surround CAFOs, and I'm not dismissing those issues.
we should be aware of indirect consequences of CAFOs. Some of those
indirect consequences can be good for feeding the world and even good
for the environment. It's only responsible to spell out all of those
tradeoffs, and I see that as my job. There are good arguments to be made
that modern industrial agriculture is good for the environment in much
the same way as high-density urban living is good for the environment:
by concentrating these activities we leave less of a footprint on the
planet as a whole.
Incidentally, unlike the other guy in the news these days, I think "wonk" suits Wonkblog very well.