Ask the EPA to Regulate Livestock Concentrated Operations

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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.

When you are done, please forward this message to you friends and family. Thank you for all that you do.

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