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From Michael Greger, MD
Updated January 2001

Because the spread of Johne's disease is related to stocking density, the epidemic of Johne's disease is one more indictment of factory farming.[3] The unnatural concentration of animals raised for slaughter, for example, has led to other human tragedies including the single worst epidemic in recorded world history, the 1918 influenza pandemic.[41] In that case, the unnatural density and proximity of pigs and ducks raised for slaughter led to the deaths of upwards of 40 million people.[87]

This potential crisis is also an indictment of an industry that continues to risk public safety and a government that seems to protect business interests over those of the consumer. As Karen Meyer recently told the LA Times, "There comes a point in time where consumer health takes precedence over commercial concerns."[97]

Every few hours, another child in this country is diagnosed with Crohn's disease and may be condemned to a life of chronic suffering.[62] The balance of evidence strongly suggests a causative link between Mycobacterium paratuberculosis and Crohn's disease.[145] This public health issue has been at the periphery of the dairy industry's agenda for years, a nagging concern on the back burner.[61] The consumer movement needs to move it to the front burner and needs to turn up the heat.

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