Across North America, there are two main ways that governments become involved with the intensive livestock industry.
The first way is acting as a regulator of the industry.
The second way is investing in the industry, acting as an industry promoter, and channelling public funds in various ways to support the establishment and expansion of the ILO industry, including:
In today's globally competitive market, the regulatory framework can be as important as other public financial supports in assessing the potential profitability of operating in one jurisdiction versus another. From this perspective, it is clear that jurisdictions that have tight environmental requirements and labour standards are at a competitive disadvantage compared to those jurisdictions that have more lenient standards.