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January 21, 2004 - Factory Farms

According to a recent document released by the American Public Health Association, 54 percent of U.S. livestock are concentrated on 5 percent of the livestock farms. Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations or CAFOs, as these concentrated farms are called produce about 575 billion pounds of manure a year. What are the human health and environmental impacts of these concentrated farms? Are CAFOs here to stay?

  • Navis Bermudez, CAFOs program director for the Sierra Club, Washington, DC
  • Terry Spense, Farmer and Consultant with Global Resource Action Center for the Environment , MO
  • Karen Hudson, Farmer, President of F.A.R.M. (Families Against Rural Messes) and Consultant with Global Resource Action Center for the Environment , IL