The FAO recently warned that global industrial meat production poses a serious threat to human health.
BTW, Read the really frightening article in this month’s Mother Earth News, The Hidden Link Between Factory Farms and Human Illness We all KNOW this. We all sense this. It is time we did more. Stop EATING this.
There are AlWAYS alternatives. Eat less meat, buy from reputable growers that employ sustainable and HUMANE practices, raise your own sustainably or pay someone to, but do NOT support FACTORY FARMING! Here are some ideas on what YOU can DO
Costs for factory farming are enormous, and as oil becomes more scarce or the price rises (whatever your philosophy) it will continue to provide the people with unhealthy, increasingly expensive meat. These are just a few of the diseases that are obviously contaminating our food supply….
- MRSA: Staphylococcus aureus
- E. coli O157:H7
Appetizing isn’t it?
Chicken and pig production are particularly bad. In 1965, the total U.S. hog population numbered 53 million, spread over more than 1 million pig farms in the United States â€” most of them small family operations. Today, we have 65 million hogs on just 65,640 farms nationwide. Many of these â€œfarmsâ€ â€” 2,538, to be exact â€” have upwards of 5,000 hogs on the premises at any given time. Broiler chicken production rose from 366 million in 1945 to 8,400 million in 2001, most of them in facilities housing tens of thousands of birds.
The complete article is well worth the read, but there is one telling paragraph that stands out…
“This is not a necessary problem,” says Lance Price, scientific advisor for Johns Hopkinsâ€™ Center for a Livable Future. “If you look at all the stakeholders in this equation â€” you and me, the doctors and hospitals, the producers â€” everyone but the drug companies can entertain alternatives. The only group that stands to lose from a more responsible use of antibiotics is the drug companies.”
Read the full article here…
The Hidden Link Between Factory Farms and Human Illness