Wenonah Hauter on the "Global Cattle Drive" to China
China has decided to import 100,000 cows to boost domestic dairy production. Although they are importing the cows from Uruguay, Australia and New Zealand, they are planning on utilizing controversial, US factory-farming methods. Wenonah Hauter sounds off on the issue.
The Chinese government has created tax incentives and other policies that favor investors in big dairies. These facilities will widgetize animals in the same model that China has used for electronics and other manufacturing sectors that have made the country an export powerhouse. But the factory farm model has been a failure for public health, the environment and animal welfare in the U.S., just like it will be in China.