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CAFOs Direct Food Supply, Refuse Inspection, Spread Disease

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • South Dakota may attract inhumane and environmentally devastating CAFOs by rewarding counties with tax rebates, as hog farmers in Montana refused inspections after a foodborne pathogen outbreak
  • Leslie Stahl of CBS News interviewed Liz Wagstrom from the National Pork Producers Council, who cited negative consequences to the farms, poor timing and biosecurity as reasons for inspection refusal
  • Public relations materials often portray CAFOs as owned by local farmers but most are run by multinational companies exerting political power to enact regulations favorable to their industry
  • New regulations are called "modernization," yet they do not protect consumers. Seek meat sources from organic, regenerative farms to protect your health

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Infections triggered by antibiotic resistant bacteria are sometimes impossible to treat and may extend hospital admissions. When antibiotics lose their effectiveness against a particular bacterium it presents a significant and severe public health threat. Many medical procedures require the use of antibiotics, such as when you have organ transplants and joint replacements.


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