This week, the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF) issued a joint statement calling for a “precautionary” moratorium on CAFOs, also known as factory farms.
The groups pointed to an “array of negative health impacts, including respiratory disease, mental health problems, and certain types of infections, and said that “government oversight and policies designed to safeguard the health of individuals and the environment from these operations have been inadequate.”
The statement came during the same week that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that the antibiotic-resistance crisis—a crisis linked to the overuse of antibiotics in industrial meat production—is much worse than previously thought.
In a press release, the director of CLF’s Food Production and Public Health Program said this:
“It’s critical that we work diligently and swiftly to close the knowledge gaps related to the public health and environmental challenges associated with this method of food animal production.”
Much of our work is about closing the “knowledge gaps.” All of the communications we put out, the lawsuits we file, the policies we advocate for, the campaigns we launch—it all has to do with providing you, the consumer, the information you need so you can make informed choices about the food you eat.
Exposing the health and environmental consequences of supporting a degenerative industrial food and farming system is a big part of our job. The same goes for shining a light on the multiple benefits of an organic regenerative food system.
Our work, and its impact, isn’t always easy to quantify. It isn’t always sexy.
But it’s critical. As is our need for your continued financial support. As we approach year’s end, we are facing a budget shortfall. Please consider making a donation today. Thank you.