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E-M:/ Pew report on factory farming

Although the report below was published in the Seattle Times, it is directly relevant to the CAFOs now operating in Michigan.


John Rebers


Report Urges Huge Changes to Factory-Farming Practices


from the Seattle Times


WASHINGTON - Factory farming takes a big toll on human health and the environment, is undermining rural America's economic stability and fails to provide the humane treatment of livestock, concludes an independent, 2 1/2- year analysis that calls for major changes in the way corporate agriculture produces meat, milk and eggs.


The report, sponsored by the Pew Charitable Trusts and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and released Tuesday, finds that the "economies of scale" long used to justify factory-farming practices are largely an illusion, perpetuated by a failure to account for associated costs.


Among those costs are human illnesses caused by drug-resistant bacteria associated with the rampant use of antibiotics on feedlots and the degradation of land, water and air quality caused by animal waste too intensely concentrated to be neutralized by natural processes.


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