You already know that meat and dairy products are
unhealthy and are cruelly produced. What you may not know is that the meat and
dairy industries are exempt from key environmental regulations on how they
dispose of their enormous wastes. In other words, they raise and slaughter
animals, and the clean-up is left out of the picture.
We need to change that. The Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) has proposed that it be able to regulate the millions of tons of
animal waste produced on factory farms. Without this new measure, tons of
manure and other factory farms waste can pass into waterways, carrying heavy
metals, antibiotics, pathogens, hormones, and other substances along the way.
Polluted ground and drinking water, Listeria and E
Coli outbreaks, and antibiotic-resistant bacteria are all health issues that
come from animal waste from factory farms.
And it gets worse. The spread of antibiotic traces in
farm waste is part of the problem of antibiotic resistance. The Infectious
Disease Society of America has declared antibiotic-resistant infections to be
an epidemic in the United
States with an estimated that 2 million
people contracting resistant infections annually and, of those, 90,000 die. A
decade ago, the Institute of Medicine estimated that antimicrobial resistance
costs the United States
between $4 and $5 billion annually, and these costs are certainly higher now as
the problem of resistance has grown and intensified.
The deadline for pubic
comment is January 19th. Please submit
a comment to the Environmental Protection Agency telling them your concerns and demanding that it
enact the strictest regulations for industrial animal farms - what they call Concentrated
Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) and to require every CAFO to report all their information regarding
pollutants to EPA.
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