OVERVIEW: Factory farms, also known as Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, or CAFOs, are a major polluter of America's waterways and a major cause of air pollution in rural communities. Unlike traditional agriculture, factory farms pack hundreds to hundreds of thousands of animals into confinement buildings.
Factory farms generate 500 million tons of manure annually. But, unlike cities that must treat their sewage before discharging it to the environment, CAFOs store their liquefied excrement in large dirt cesspits called lagoons, or in piles of solids called "litter," then spread the raw wastes on surrounding cropland.
The independent Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production reported that the factory farm system often poses unacceptable risks to public health, the environment and the welfare of the animals, and recommended that significant changes be implemented immediately.
The Sierra Club opposes all permits for new or expanded factory farms, and encourages consumers to find safe and sustainable sources for their meat, poultry, eggs and dairy products.
Contact: Leah Garces at Leah.Garces@ciwf.org.uk
UPDATE: [Posted: May 29, 2012] Interested in Food Issues? Come to our Beyond Factory Farming Meeting!
What we eat, how it's produced, and how it gets to us has huge impacts on our health and the health of our environment. Come learn more and help the Georgia Chapter work on these important issues. Next meeting: Monday, June 11, 2012 at the Chapter office in Decatur.
Contact Leah Garces at Leah.Garces@ciwf.org.uk for more info!