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Gail Eisnitz, author of “Slaughterhouse” and Chief Investigator for Humane Farming Assoc., on Wild Horse & Burro Radio (Wed., 5/4/16)

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Death of the Lake: The Spread­ing of Toxic and Infec­tious Wastes

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Live Link: WholefoodUSA.com

 Ohio’s Love Canal: Toxic Pol­lu­tion Dump­ing on a Scale of BP-Gulf Spill

By David Michael

 

Human ill­nesses and ani­mal deaths have occurred recently from neu­ro­tox­ins secreted by a heavy slime of blue and green algae float­ing on Ohio’s largest lake—Grand Lake St. Mary’s (Grand Lake) in Auglaize County. This is a lake that has been dete­ri­o­rat­ing for decades, but espe­cially so in the past 10 years as fac­tory farms have sprung up all over the area, and more are being built.

A high con­cen­tra­tion of fac­tory farms and the appli­ca­tion of com­posted manure from CAFO (con­fined ani­mal feed­ing oper­a­tions) manure and sewage treat­ment sludge (huma­nure, now called biosolids—a mix­ture of con­cen­trated human excre­ment and indus­trial dis­charges) is spread­ing toxic and infec­tious sub­stances on farm­lands close by and in the water­shed.  CAFOs in the water­shed area account for 3 mil­lion chick­ens; while sewage sludge spread­ing is per­mit­ted on 8800 Ohio farmlands—several close to the edge of Grand Lake. More

Big Abuses and Bad Lies at America’s Factory Farms – The Shocking Truth

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This article from MERCOLA should be read to anyone who believes CAFO industrialized farms are anything remotely similar to, humane.

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“As a result, most are overcrowded (some are kept indoors their entire lives), suffer from hunger, thirst and illness, are subjected to painful procedures like tail docking, and sometimes are kept conscious or even skinned alive during the process of slaughtering.”

More animals than ever suffer from injuries and stress on factory farms. Veal calves and gestating sows are so confined as to suffer painful bone and joint problems.

The unnatural high-grain diets provided in feedlots cause severe gastric distress in many animals. And faulty or improperly used stun guns cause the painful deaths of thousands of cows and pigs a year.

A New York Times Op-ed column suggests one way to “solve” this problem — genetically engineer livestock so that they suffer less.

Neuroscientists have found that by damaging a laboratory rat’s anterior cingulate cortex, they can block its affective perception of pain. Recently, scientists have learned to genetically engineer animals so that they lack certain proteins that are important to the operation of the anterior cingulate cortex.

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So the animals will still be mutilated, diseased, and stewing in their own waste products, but at least they’ll be so brain-damaged that they won’t care.And some would actually want us to believe that this is progress?

It is a sad testimony to the society we live in today that we’ve allowed corporations to turn family-farming methods into cost-saving, mass-production strategies, which can endanger public health and treat animals so cruelly.

Many, if not most, factory farms treat animals like production units, not living creatures. As a result, most are overcrowded (some are kept indoors their entire lives), suffer from hunger, thirst and illness, are subjected to painful procedures like tail docking, and sometimes are kept conscious or even skinned alive during the process of slaughtering. More

Superbugs in Factory-farmed Meats

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An AP article headlined Pressure Rises to Stop Antibiotics in Agriculture made the front page today that will help to educate consumers about the type of factory-farm meat they are eating. With the heavy use of antibiotics, the chickens, pigs and cows develop dangerous organisms in and on their infection-suppressed carcasses and end up on the dinner plate. This has long known been a reason for creation of superbugs and antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria , but it is good to see this information is going more mainstream; and, all the more reason to eat naturally raised beef, chickens, pork and other meats.

The article does not cover the hazards of genetically-engineered feed or cloned animals, but ironically the story is from show-me-state town of Frankenstein, Missouri. Here are some excerpts:

Researchers say the overuse of antibiotics in humans and animals has led to a plague of drug-resistant infections that killed more than 65,000 people in the U.S. last year — more than prostate and breast cancer combined. And in a nation that used about 35 million pounds of antibiotics last year, 70 percent of the drugs went to pigs, chickens and cows. Worldwide, it’s 50 percent. Read more

Greediest Corporate Agribusiness Move We’ve Ever Seen!

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The Greediest Corporate Agribusiness Move We’ve Ever Seen!
Help us defeat Issue 2 and the corporate takeover in Ohio
 

October 1, 2009 
 
In the most ambitious power grab we’ve ever seen, corporate agribusiness proponents are trying to write themselves into the Ohio constitution.  Technically the product of the Ohio General Assembly, the ballot issue is heavily backed by groups representing major agribusiness interests, including the Ohio Farm Bureau, the Ohio Pork Producers Council, and the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association. While masquerading as an attempt to improve food safety and animal welfare, Issue 2 would give a board of political appointees unchecked power to decide any and all regulations related to animal agriculture. The board could make decisions that would radically shift policy in any direction and would not require any public input process. This could include decisions on issues like the use of antibiotics and growth hormones, genetically engineered animals, cloned animals, animal ID and traceability, and factory farm zoning reguations.
Thanks for taking action,                    

    
 

Sarah Alexander, Senior Organizer
Food & Water Watch
goodfood(at)fwwatch.org

 

 

 

The proponents of Issue 2 literally will be the foxes guarding the henhouse if Issue 2 passes, and they’re running a multi-million dollar campaign to make sure this happens.  Worse yet, their slick campaign tries to trick voters into thinking that Issue 2 will support safe, local food from small farmers.  We need you to help us get the truth out about Issue 2 and stop this greedy power grab in the Ohio Constitution.  Help us spread the word about Issue 2 and Vote NO on November 3rd!

 

 

We need your help to stop factory farms from being written into the Ohio constitution.

Ohio could become the first state to have corporate agribusiness acting as judge, jury and executioner for all animal agriculture rules and regulations.  Who do you think their rules will favor?  Safe, local, sustainable agriculture, or the more than 200 factory farms already in the state?  We’re hoping not to find out.  That’s why Food & Water Watch is working on behalf of our 5,000 Ohio supporters to Oppose Issue 2.  Can you help us defeat Issue 2 in Ohio?

 

Food & Water Watch is a nonprofit consumer organization that works to ensure clean water and safe food. We challenge the corporate control and abuse of our food and water resources by empowering people to take action and by transforming the public consciousness about what we eat and drink.

 

The Great Swine Flu Cover-Up

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2009-09-25

 
 
 
(Excerpted from the original article:)

Defending the Factory Farm

Experts have long warned that “industrial farm animal production” (IFAP) leads to potentially serious human health impacts. A tragically prophetic study done by the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production of 2008 concludes, “… one of the most serious unintended consequences of industrial food animal production is the growing public health threat of these types of facilities. In addition to the contribution of IFAP to the major threat of antimicrobial resistance, IFAP facilities can be harmful to workers, neighbors, and even those living far from the facilities through air and water pollution, and via the spread of disease.”

The study continues, “Workers in and neighbors of IFAP facilities experience high levels of respiratory problems, including asthma. In addition, workers can serve as a bridging population, transmitting animal-borne diseases to a wider population.”

As residents of La Gloria protested the stench and pointed to the hog farm as the source of their sickness, Mexican authorities went out of their way to divert suspicions that Smithfield’s Carroll Farms had anything to do with the unusual illnesses being reported. Although state health officials sprayed the village of La Gloria to kill off swarms of flies coming from the company’s nearby open-pit manure lagoons, explanations lit on anything but the hog farm.

A Carroll Farms representative called the fact that the first swine flu case was located within a few miles of the pig farm “an unfortunate coincidence.” Reportedly, Carroll Farms sent samples from its herd for testing at some point soon after the outbreak and both the company itself and the Mexican government absolved Smithfield pigs from any role in the epidemic.

To reinforce the “coincidence” thesis, international health authorities began a concerted effort to hide the pig. In fact, there is no dispute in the scientific evidence that the virus got its start on a hog farm.

Citing the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, Scientific American points out a starting point that the politicians preferred to ignore: “What is clear thanks to the hard work of virologists is that this particular strain of flu got its genetic start on U.S. hog farms back in the 1990s.” READ MORE

Factory food sickens humans, livestock and the environment

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FOOD, Inc. Exposes Horrors of the U.S. Centralized Food System

Posted on June 14, 2009 by Rady Ananda |

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What we eat has changed more in the last 50 years than in the last 10,000. So asserts Robert Kenner’s new film,FOOD, Inc., which opens nationwide June 19th.  The vast bulk of food production is now controlled by just a few mega-corporations with one value: profit. Relying on genetic engineering, pesticides and antibiotics, factory food is cheap, requiring little land. But the external costs to our health, the environment and the natural food industry are enormous.

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