When Factory Farming & Art Meet

CAFO-VAStudents and staff at William & Mary have opened an exhibit called “CAFO Culture: Visualizing Factory Farming in Virginia” that examines the environmental impact factory farms have in Virginia.

Alan C. Braddock, Ralph H. Wark Associate Professor of Art History and American Studies explains that artistic media  can help expose the severity of the problems caused by factory farms in a way that the public can understand, versus scientific reports that may be hard to comprehend (and be somewhat boring).

The exhibition, which combines art with science, includes performance art, political statements about “ag gag” (the effort by factory farm owners to make it a crime to report animal abuse on their farms) as well as traditional media.

It’s refreshing to see that different methods of raising public awareness on the dangers of factory farming are finding their way into the public realm.

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