From the Sierra Club website
Stop Factory Farm Pollution
America's drinking water, rivers and lakes are at risk
from giant, corporate-owned factory farms. These Concentrated Animal Feeding
Operations (CAFOs) confine thousands of animals in one facility, and produce
staggering amounts of animal waste in the process (2.7 trillion pounds per
Too often, this waste leaks into our rivers and streams,
fouling our air, contaminating our drinking water and spreading disease.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, hog, chicken and cattle
waste has polluted 35,000 miles of rivers in 22 states and contaminated
groundwater in 17 states.
November 11, 2003
A federal court in Kentucky ruled today that corporate
giant Tyson Foods is responsible for pollution at its factory farms. Read
our press release, and download the court ruling here (4mb PDF file).
November 7, 2003
The Meatrix is a Flash animation that spoofs the popular
Matrix movies. But instead of Keanu Reaves, the Meatrix stars a young pig,
Leo, who lives on a pleasant family farm... or so he
thinks. Leo is approached by a wise and mysterious cow, Moopheus, who shows
Leo the truth about modern farming -- the truth about the Meatrix!
The film describes the problems with factory farming and
offers viewers a solution - the final page of the flash directs viewers to
the Eat Well Guide, a national online directory of sustainable-raised meat,
which is available at
www.eatwellguide.org . Enjoy the show!
The Meatrix is a collaboration of the Global Resource
Action Center for the Environment (GRACE) and Free Range Graphics.
Burger King likes to say that customers can "have it their
way," but none of the ways to order a Whopper includes the option of meat
raised without unnecessary antibiotics even though overuse of antibiotics in
agriculture contributes to the emerging public-health crisis of antibiotic
Tell Burger King "Our Way: Reduce Antibiotics!"
Take the Keep Antibiotics Working Pledge and send a
message to President Bush, Congress, and meat and fish producers that you
support phasing out feeding antibiotics to farm animals that are not sick.
The Rap Sheet on Animal Factories
Large-scale corporate animal factories pollute our air and
water, endanger our health, and drive responsible family farmers out of
business. Environmental violations by the meat industry add up to a lengthy
Low Plains Drifter
Tales from the road trip of Sierra Club organizer Ken
Midkiff, who traveled the West organizing local communities against the
growing menace of Big Pig, Big Chicken, and Big Dairy.
Antibiotics and Factory Farms
Antibiotics use on factory farms affects everyone's
health. Plus, a link to resources for antibiotics-free meat.
About Our Campaign:
The Sierra Club's campaign to protect America's water from
factory farms -- one of the organization's four national priority campaigns
-- is committed to keeping factory farm pollution out of America's drinking
water, lakes and rivers, and eliminating the threats that
CAFOs pose to our public health and rural heritage.
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