Factory Farming: A REPORT CARD – Part 1 of 5
We have a huge health and environmental scandal in our modern industrial system of meat and poultry production. The damage documented in today’s factory farms far exceeds the damage that was depicted in Upton Sinclair’s novel, The Jungle, a book written over 100 years ago. Some scientists have gone so far as to call the condemned current factory farm practices as “mini Chernobyls.” The European Union stands virtually alone in establishing strong health and environmental standards for the industry. In the US and elsewhere, the meat and poultry industry is dominated by dangerous uses of arsenic, antibiotics, growth hormones and by the dumping of massive amounts of sewage in fragile waterways and environments. This video documents the vast catastrophic impact on the environment and public health. As one observer noted, if terrorists did this, we would be up in arms, but when it is a fortune 500 company, it is just “business as usual.” In 1906, public outrage at the scandal exposed by Sinclair led to major reforms that cleaned up a corrupt and dangerous system. CAFO / Confined Animal Feed Operations Drug-resistant infections lurk in meat we eat Animals routinely fed antibiotics harbour virulent germs that jump to people www.msnbc.msn.com
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