Action alert from GMOFreeUSA/
Tell your U.S. Senators to co-sponsor and support the Farm System Reform Act (FSRA): https://www.tinyurl.com/BanCAFOs
We need to protect America’s children and communities by putting an immediate moratorium on factory farm CAFOs (concentrated animal feeding operations) and phasing out existing ones.
A growing body of research into the rising number of concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) across the United States reveals deepening concerns over impacts on human health and the environment. CAFOs emit strong odors that emanate beyond the borders of the barns, and emissions includes gases such as ammonia and hydrogen sulfide that are harmful to humans. Numerous research studies that show large livestock farms have a negative impact on the health of both workers and neighbors. One study found that 30% of CAFO workers had some form of respiratory illness, while another found that children — who take in more air than adults — are highly susceptible to illnesses related to airborne emissions from CAFOs.
Researchers in North Carolina found that the closer children live to a CAFO, the greater the risk of asthma symptoms. There is consistent evidence suggesting that factory farms increase asthma in neighboring communities, as indicated by children having higher rates of asthma. Beyond asthma, other health effects of CAFO air emissions can be headaches, respiratory problems, eye irritation, nausea, weakness, and chest tightness.
The FSRA would place a moratorium on and phase out polluting, inhumane, large-scale industrial concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), restore mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL) requirements, and strengthen the Packers & Stockyards Act to crack down on the monopolistic practices of multi-national meatpackers and corporate integrators.
New polling from the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future and Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research shows widespread and bipartisan support for policy protections from the dangers posed by CAFOs. A majority of Americans want a moratorium and eventual phasing out of CAFOs. There are more humane ways to produce America’s meat and dairy that do not harm communities and the environment. BAN FILTHY CAFOs TODAY: https://www.tinyurl.com/BanCAFOs