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A River of Waste: The Hazardous Truth About Factory Farms

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  • The vast majority of the food produced in the United States comes from factory farms or CAFOs (concentrated animal feeding operations) that put profits above all else
  • Massive rivers of waste that pollute surrounding waterways with toxic bacteria and release noxious gasses into the air commonly stem from CAFOs’ “waste lagoons”
  • CAFOs serve as ideal breeding grounds for diseases ranging from influenza viruses to antibiotic-resistant superbugs, which can infect the animals, farm workers, and the general public
  • Like many other industries, agribusiness uses intensive lobbying, strong-arm tactics, and other abuses of power to keep regulations well in their favor
  • The "bigger is better" food system has reached a point where its fundamental weaknesses are becoming apparent, and it’s time for each of us to make a decision about what type of food system we’re willing to support

By Dr. Mercola

There's a good chance you've never personally seen a factory farm or CAFO (concentrated animal feeding operation) — and there's a reason for this.


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