'DES MOINES, IA – A group of farmers, advocates and community leaders gathered in Iowa yesterday to announce the launch of a national campaign to ban factory farming. Factory farming facilitates an unjust, corporate-driven food system that results in unethical, unsafe and polluting food production practices.
The call for a ban on factory farming is a decisive step necessary to protect all Americans from the dangers of unsustainable food animal production. Factory farms exacerbate climate change and contribute to public health crises, release dangerous toxins into the air we breathe and the water we drink, disproportionately affect low-income communities and communities of color, and create dangerous and unhealthy conditions for workers and animals. The rise of factory farms in our nation has transformed rural and economically diverse communities into agribusiness-controlled nightmares.
“In 2011, we joined grassroots groups that were demanding a ban on fracking because it’s a threat to our water that turns rural areas into sacrifice zones,” said Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch. “Now, we’re banding together with communities around the country who believe the time for a ban on factory farming has come as well.”
Food & Water Watch also released a report, The Urgent Case for a Ban on Factory Farms, which outlines the policy and regulatory failures that have led the groups to call for a ban on the practice. The report also outlines the climate impacts, the environmental injustice of where these facilities are sited, air and water pollution concerns, antibiotic resistance and other food safety issues, and the impact on rural economies. The report also highlights the massive amounts of manure that highly consolidated livestock operations produce, threatening our waterways: For example, Food & Water Watch calculates that the nearly 500,000 dairy cows on factory farms in Tulare County, California produce five times as much waste as the New York City metropolitan area.'
Read more: There’s Finally A Campaign For A Total Ban On Factory Farms
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