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“Vertical Integration” of meat companies

Food Integrity Campaign | November 24, 2020

The CAFO boom contributes to rapid concentration in the industry, as farms get bigger and fewer in number. Companies increasingly become “vertically integrated” – meaning they own every aspect of the production chain, except the farm itself, from hatching the chicks and producing the feed to slaughtering, packaging and branding the final product.