A new publication from Family Farm Action Network puts all the problems together, giving a broad overview of what’s wrong with our food system. The report uses research from universities and think tanks all over the planet who have realized the same thing: Industrial Agriculture is killing the planet, exploiting people, destroying communities, all to make money for a few corporate bigwigs. Easy to download and read when you have time: https://farmactionalliance.org/truthreport

One of the challenges is how to measure the amount of pollution created by factory farms and dumped into the larger ecosystems. In this article, scientists have managed to put numbers on the amount of nitrate flowing from Iowa to the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico. Nitrate is a key ingredient of animal manure and the amount is increasing as the number of concentrated animal feeding operations increases:http://www2.iihr.uiowa.edu/cjones/grading-on-a-curve/?doing_wp_cron=1620497069.6508820056915283203125

Where does our food come from? As consumers grow more aware of the problems with factory farms, scientists begin to investigate. And they’re finding that neighbors of confinements are telling the truth: Pollutants from cafos can make us sick. Here’s the first study linking ammonia in the air to deaths in the community:

We are lucky that as the U.S. and state governments lose interest (or give up) tracking stream quality, a few independent researchers stay with it. In this article, Chris Jones traces Iowa’s declining stream quality. As Jones says, “My work as presented here would leave almost all our streams between poor and marginal, and only a handful between marginal and fair.”http://www2.iihr.uiowa.edu/cjones/iowa-rivers-1-to-45-the-fair-the-marginal-the-ugly/?doing_wp_cron=1622377471.1526560783386230468750

 Much is known about the current pandemic of Covid-19, but its origins are still a mystery. Scientists agree that it traveled from bats to another species, then landed in a human and spread from that unlucky person. But what was the interim species? Some speculated hogs, even though no clear link has been revealed. It could be that hogs are a suspect because they’ve harbored viruses before, with devastating effect. This article traces the story of an early swine flu that originated in China and is still killing hogs worldwide https://www.reuters.com/article/us-swinefever-china-epidemic-specialrepo/special-report-before-coronavirus-china-bungled-swine-epidemic-with-secrecy-idUSKBN20S189

While agricultural commodity groups like the Pork Producers, Cattlemen, Corn Growers and Soybean Associations do a good job of promoting their “feed-the-world” and “get big or get out” brands of propaganda, the research they provide to prove their points is usually funded by–guess who–their own allies. Independent researchers have found lots of reasons to disagree, but their work is often buried by industry. It’s easy to see how the cycle works: Industry builds the oversized and overpriced equipment, creates the chemicals and the seeds, invents the CAFOs and owns the animals that are shipped to them and even dictates the prices that farmers earn from their work. Industry also hires the lobbyists that work on lawmakers to destroy regulations that protect the public but, alas, slow down production or add expense. Farmers are often too much in debt to buck the system, so they don’t object or try to find new ways to do things.
CAFOZONE, however, seeks to bring the alternatives to light. Here are works by credentialed researchers in two categories: Health/Environment and Property Values. When new information becomes available, we will add it to the list.