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Compassion, by the Pound: The Economics of Farm Animal Welfare

F. Bailey Norwood and Jayson L. Lusk


For much of human history, most of the population lived and worked on farms but today, information about livestock is hard to come by. When romanticized notions of an agrarian lifestyle meet with the realities of the modern industrial farm, the result is often a plea for a return to antiquated production methods. The result is a brewing controversy between animal activist groups, farmers, and consumers that is currently being played out in ballot boxes, courtrooms, and in the grocery store. Where is one to turn for advice when deciding whether to pay double the price for cage-free eggs, or in ... More

Keywords: farms, livestock, industrial farm, animal activist groups, farmers, consumers, ethics, animal sentience, animal care

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199551163
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199551163.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

F. Bailey Norwood, author
Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, Oklahoma State University, USA

Jayson L. Lusk, author
Professor and Willard Sparks Endowed Chair, Department of Agricultural Economics, Oklahoma State University, USA