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2020_10_16For neighbors of Factory Farms, the emergence of coronaviruses that can hop from swine to humans is a big worry. For everyone else, as we've seen in the worldwide spread of Covid-19, these little boogers get everywhere, spreading like the wild critters they are. So, when North Carolina finds a NEW one, like the one in this article, we should pay attention, and you can learn more about property values and human costs under the "research" tab in
2020_09_25As this article shows, there's a long history of pandemic-related viruses coming from factory farms. And the current covid-19 may not be the worst of them--or the last:
2020_06_17When President Trump sent slaughterhouse workers back to work despite Covid-19 outbreaks, USDA sweetened the deal by letting corporations speed up the number of animals slaughtered, which meant workers had to work faster (and are in more danger) to keep up with the lines of carcasses passing in front of them. Here's what happened to the workers:
2020_06_02Cafozone is shocked and disheartened as Covid-19 continues to tear through Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, or CAFOs. While the disease has an easy time picking off victims who must work in close proximity to each other, it is also poised to leap into nearby communities when victims finish their shift and go home to family, or go shopping, visit parks and carry on normal activities. As we often hear, "we're all in this together." The following story from Missouri is being repeated all over the world in places where industrial agriculture has pushed small producers out
2020_05_26With all the Covid-19 in meat packing plants, it was just a matter of time until the disease got to the Hog Factories. So it was no surprise when workers at Brenneman Pork started turning up with positive tests. The biggest surprise was that these immigrants are part of a U.S. visa program designed for professionals. It turns out CAFOs are bringing them in on 9-month visas for training, housing them in a trailer park, then renewing visas as needed. Check it out:
2020_05_26Every now and then, a journalist grasps the full extent of the factory farm system and its impact on rural families and neighborhoods. This article about a family in Cooper County, Missouri covers many of the problems. The information was gathered before the outbreaks of Covid-19 among swine workers, which is a whole other danger for rural neighborhoods. Cafozone hopes the writer keeps up with the story!
2020_04_29It looks like Congress has FINALLY gotten a clue about corporate concentration in the meat industry. Senators on both sides of the aisle are asking for an investigation into the antitrust manipulations of the biggest players. Could it be that the worries about food security have finally gotten to Washington, D.C.? Here's the article, including the letter to the Federal Trade Commission
2020_04_28America's factory farms are just as bad as we think any wet market is. We can't point fingers.
While the United States blames China's wet markets, we've got a meat problem of our own: filthy, overcrowded factory farms.
2020_04_07Covid 19 has 95% the same DNA as a virus in bats, but scientists are sure there was a species that carried the virus between bats and humans. Recently, a tiger in a New York zoo has contracted it, making it one of the few zoonotic viruses that can hop between multiple species. Confined animals, like confined people, are more at risk than animals with space, so it's no surprise that nursing homes and prisons are at-risk for multiple cases. Are CAFOs a likely place for viruses to breed and become lethal to us? Yes. This article details the history and the possibilities for the future:
2020_01_05On January 5, 2020, CBS TV's program, Sixty Minutes, kicked off the year with a report on factory farming. This focused on antibiotic-resistant bacteria, but we hope they go farther, with pieces on degradation of waterways, destruction of neighborhoods and loss of jobs for farmers! Check it out:
2019_12_16The Presidential campaign has made 2019-2020 the year that factory farms start to get attention from progressives. With the first votes being cast in Iowa, candidates have been exposed to the sights, sounds and smells of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs). They've heard from neighbors and from farmers that signed up for the system and now are trapped in a cycle of debt and deceit by the meat industry. On returning from a trip to Iowa, Senator Cory Booker filed a bill that would phase out the largest CAFOs and also bring Country of Origin Labeling back so consumers can see where their meat comes from.
2019_11_08In the last months, prominent health organizations like the American Public Health Association and Johns Hopkins Hospital have been calling for a moratorium against CAFOs. They note the impact on the health of neighbors and workers, but also on the general public. Diseases like MRSA that do not respond to antibiotics are plaguing hospitals and so far there's no solution for the problem. CAFOZONE encourages you to get educated, starting with this press release from Johns Hopkins:
2019_10_16We have heard for years that there's a hog disease pandemic in Asia, but it's been hard to get facts. This article includes quotes from Pipestones Scott Dee, and it opens as many questions as it answers. Why, for example, are hog raisers in the U.S. feeding organic soy from China rather than soybeans raised in the U.S.? Are they concerned about feeding GMO soybeans to their hogs? Consider, dear reader, that GMO soybeans are going into lots of our foods, including meat substitutes like the Impossible Burger. It's a puzzle, no?
2019_08_04Finally, our issue is getting some traction. The New York Times is paying attention! What did it take to rattle their cage? It took an outbreak of a new variant of salmonella, CDC and USDA ignorance of how to handle the situation and the Pork Producers' power at keeping inspectors out to determine the source of the infection. Stuff we neighbors have known about and worried about but the media has ignored.
2019_06_13After putting thousands of small farmers out of business, the hog industry fights to keep their CAFOs going, even when it's clearly in the public good to shut them down, or, better, not build them at all. But the following example proves that (at least once) reason can prevail. If it's backed with a lot of public and private money. It will cost taxpayers and donors $6.2 million to shut down the behemoth by the Arkansas River, but the ending is on its way. At CAFOZONE, we're celebrating!
2019_06_07And how will the drug manufacturers handle the new swine diseases that are often resistant to important antibiotics? Here's an article about how Big Pharma manufacturers are pushing higher daily doses of a cocktail of antibiotics to CAFO pigs with a PIG ZERO campaign. Never mind the effect on water, air, human health or the future! Just keep building those CAFOs and ignoring the consequences!
2017/04/07 Articles connecting the dots between CAFOs and poor human health keep coming our way. One thread, around since Oprah said, 'I'll never eat a hamburger again" twenty years ago is re-surfacing with new research on brain health. Prions--bits of protein that imitate and replace healthy brain cells--are discovered in unhealthy brains AND in cattle that make beef for, yes, hamburgers. When will policy catch up with research? CAFOZONE has no answer for that question.