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WebsiteHallelujah!! Someone has finally put it all together. A new publication from Family Farm Action Alliance explains the myths, especially the economic myths, about factory farms and industrial agriculture. Costs to the community, costs to the taxpayer, costs to the consumer, costs to the land are all detailed in this report, which is credited to John Ikerd, Joe Maxwell, and others. Bottom line: It's all about marketing and Wall Street business. As one of FFAA's publications says, "It's time to change the narrative."
2021_09_28Living near an industrial animal facility is bad--the smell, the noise, the destruction of our roads due to heavy trucks on blacktops designed for ordinary traffic--but we'd never want to find one near our vacation area! Here's how one state paid to protect their tourism business:
2021_09_27One thing about factory farming, and industrial ag in general, is that they have well-paid and well-dressed people paid to show up at hearings and political events. Sustainable agriculture depends on activism from ardent believers that have to take time from busy schedules to show up at events. At the UN hearings about the future of food, guess which side was the loudest...
2021_09_17According to the EPA, there are more than 21,000 CAFOs in the United States. They generate more than 500 million tons of manure, and there are very few state laws to regulate how that manure is handled. So, in Idaho, a federal judge ruled that the state must come up with rules for monitoring underground leaching and rules for how manure is spread on crop land. So now we all have to ask ourselves... what is our state doing to regulate these pollutants?
2021_09_16It's about time some of the U.S. courts noticed that factory farms are destroying our water systems. Idaho's ninth district stepped up and ruled they must report the damage they do. Here's the article:
2021_08_05Many CAFO neighbors have suffered from illegal spraying of hog waste, and many suffer from the smell of CAFOs, but this Kansas neighborhood actually won their case against a CAFO that "created a byzantine roster of legal entities and “corporate fictions” to mystify regulators . . ." Business as usual for the hog industry? Afraid so!
2021_06_23With record rains and disruption in the slaughter system, it's no surprise that Missouri's factory farms are feeling pressure. But why does the state respond with little warnings? Because the pig-shit factories have worked to change laws and language to suit themselves. Fortunately, there are citizen groups like SRAP and MCE that work for justice. Here's an update from Missouri Independent:
2021_06_14Missouri's most recent factory hog farm is just a mile from one of Missouri's oldest cattle farms, forcing the neighbors to become activists and fight the giant corporate owners. Now that other states are calling for moratoriums against the massive polluters, Missouri experiences an influx. Rural communities are becoming sacrifice zones. Could this happen in your neighborhood?
2021_05_21It's interesting how much the attention on the food system keeps coming back to problems with animals in factory facilities. This article talks about deaths in the neighborhood of concentrated animal feeding operations. Scary to those of us living near a cafo, but more concerning is the effect on children being raised in the plume of pollution. Or school kids on playgrounds near cafos. We hope to see more about that in the future:
2021_05_20While it seems that Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations have broken a lot of laws regarding public health and clean water, and changed laws that challenge the strategies of factory farming, nobody has been willing to take them to court. Finally, Food & Water Watch steps up to the challenge. Here's their press release:
2021_04_19As factory farms have dominated animal agriculture, a few big winners have emerged. They are taking over the land just as they've taken over markets, and they have dominated the political process so that ordinary citizens have no way to make changes. In this article, the confinement system is revealed as a theft of the future, stealing opportunity from young farmers who want to be stewards of their lands and animals:
2021_03_22Thanks to covid-19 and its relationship to factory farms, consumers want to learn more; this article gives a thorough study of both animal confinements and the alternatives. Will an obscure Missouri county be the place for a turnaround in the industry that threatens water and air for everyone? We can hope:
2020_12_21We all know that covid-19 has taken the biggest toll from the most helpless people. Now we need to understand that when we eat factory meats, we are benefiting from their misery. After you read this article, you'll be talking about it for weeks... we hope...
2020_12_16One of the most valuable tools for corporate control of the food system is a patented organism. The patent steals the right to reproduction from farmers and steals the right to question sources from consumers. In the case of patented seeds, farmers have bought into a system that works less well than the old, and trapped themselves in a cycle of dependence on corporations for the continuation of farm businesses. Now, corporations are patenting animals. First, it was salmon and, now, hogs. Here's the article:
2020_11_29 Columbia DTMidwesterner Alan Guebert has been following the slow, painful march of corporate agriculture through his home state of Illinois for many years. In this column, he finds even darker secrets in the hog industry. Managers are gambling with their employees' health as Covid-19 stalks the buildings:
2020_11_23 Post DispatchThe most recent anti-cafo battle in Missouri is taking place in Livingston County where United Hog, LLC, wants to put a 10,500 sow operation next to Poosey Lake Conservation Area. Missouri is justly proud of its fishing lakes and hunting areas, not to mention space for hikers, picnickers and campers. Will the lobbyists for the hog business try to take over tax-payer financed public lands? Uh, yeah. It's called "exporting" corporate expenses to the taxpayers.
2020_11_23 Post DispatchPoliticians are always applying double standards to the decisions they make. In this op-ed from Tony Messenger, we see Missouri Governor Parson flip flopping between local control for cafos (predictably, he doesn't want communities to have a choice) and local control for masks to prevent covid-19 (predictably, he sees it as a free-choice issue). Conclusion: There must be a secret amendment in the Bill of Rights to allow polluters right-to-pollute; either that, or lobbyists are in charge of governments. What do you think?
2020_11_04As it turns out, social isolation has given researchers time to bring together work that consumers, farmers and politicians need to understand Big Meat. National Family Farm Coalition has created a new virtual book that amplifies the stories of neighbors and others affected by the industry. Communities are working hard to save themselves, but politics as normal is backing industry. Interested in the struggle?
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_07_25The American Public Health Association has long been a critic of factory farms and the dangerous factory meat system and in 2020 they have renewed their effort for a moratorium. They also offer 12 steps to take to require better behavior from Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations. Will Big Meat respond to a 12-step program? Doubtful. But abusers often need several chances to get straightened out. And, consumers, this is your chance to speak with your food dollar choices and reject factory meat!
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.