Tuesday, March 1, 2011
If you've been living under a diamond all your life, you might not know that most of the food we eat come from a factory farm. Animals such as cows, pigs, and chickens are raised at accelerated rates so that they can be sold off. This process is extremely unhealthy. It doesn't just affect the animal; if a human ingests tainted meat products they can get sick or even gain more weight due to industry processing. You can end up with meat from thousands of miles away complete with antibiotic-resistant bacteria, Bon appetit! Even worse, many communities deal with tainted water and severe air pollution due to nearby farms.
From 2002-2007 ,the total number of livestock on the largest factory farms rose by more than one-fifth. Also the average size of hog factory farms increased by 42 percent over a decade. Some seven states averaged more than 10,000 hogs per farm! Egg production has grown by 50 percent over the years. There are five states with the largest flocks, and all average at least 750,000 hens per factory farm. The US Environmental Protection Agency ,EPA for short, is responsible for enforcing the humane treatment and execution of these animals, but there are currently too many large factory farms, and too few EPA agents to actualize this process.
In general the American people should take a stand for their health
and promote sustainably-raised meat.