May 6, 2015
... LA-MRSA is highly contagious, and can be contracted by touching a contaminated animal. Hence pig farmers are particularly at risk, and they can then carry it and spread it to others.
LA-MRSA can also be contracted by handling raw contaminated meat. In Denmark, a major producer of pork in Europe, 12,000 people have contracted LA-MRSA. Five LA-MRSA related deaths have been recorded.
During the record-breaking month of August, 2014, 127 people contracted LA-MRSA infection, leading to broad news coverage. Seventy percent of Danish pig farms tested for MRSA CC398 were found to be infected, and one in five pork products tested were found to be contaminated with the antibiotic-resistant bacteria. ...
Closer to home:
US Swine Population Affected by Novel Pig Virus
MRSA isn't the only hazard swine CAFOs have to contend with. Between 2013 and 2014, nearly 10 percent of the entire swine population in the US was wiped out by Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv)5 — a highly lethal virus traced back to pig's blood used in piglet feed.6
Reports indicate the American swine industry has recovered as of June this year,7 but this outbreak, which spread to 30 states,8 areas of Canada, and Mexico, is yet another example of the inherent dangers of the factory farm model.
It specifically illustrates why the "cannibal" solution, i.e. feeding animal parts back to the same species of animal is such a bad idea.
Mad Cow is another disease spread by the cannibal feeding model, and some researchers are now proposing some cases of Alzheimer's may be a slow-progressing human form of Mad Cow disease. ...
We've never used CAFO manure in our gardens and in recent years only used cow manure from the desert.
Avian Flu Outbreak among Chickens — What This Disaster Can Tell Us About Our Food Production
This year, we've also seen the largest outbreak of avian flu in US history, resulting in Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin declaring states of emergency. More than 40 countries also imposed partial or total bans on US poultry.
According to a recent report, nearly 50 million birds were killed by the outbreak — 31.5 million of them in Iowa alone. Nearly eight million turkeys were also killed,10 and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently warned there may be a shortage of fresh Thanksgiving turkeys this year.11
And then there's the pollution:
All Lakes in Southwest Minnesota Unfit for Fishing and Swimming, Due to Farm Runoff
The southwest of Minnesota offers a grim picture of this reality, as here there is not one lake that meets state water quality standards for fishing and swimming left.17 Ninety out of 93 streams in this area are also too polluted for such activities. Bacteria and nitrates are the primary culprits — both of which have agricultural origins. According to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), addressing the water quality will require limiting runoff and drainage from farms, and reducing pollutants associated with modern farming practices.
Similarly, research18 published in 2013 showed that well water in northeastern Wisconsin contains nitrate, fecal bacteria, and endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). The fact that CAFOs are not taking their impact on environmental and human health seriously enough is evidenced by the growing number of lawsuits filed against CAFOs over the hazardous pollution they generate and allow to disperse into the environment. ...
Disgusting! You'd think people would stop eating CAFO meat. If nobody bought it, we'd have a lot fewer problems.
I haven't eaten pork in many years, not only because of the animal abuse, but because pigs are smarter than dogs.
I wouldn't eat my dog or your dog -- so why eat pigs?
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