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hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths. These pathogens include E. coli and Salmonella and
have been directly linked to the concentrated production practices of industrialized animal
As a result of these concentration operations and through aid provided by
government subsidies, factory farming has increased the availability of meat, eggs and
dairy and therefore have made these products more affordable. Increased availability and
affordability of food can be a very positive thing, however, it has only led to the
overconsumption of very cheap foods. This shift in the American diet has seen to rising
rates and increasing risk of obesity, and related chronic diseases including diabetes, heart
disease, and cancer. These health concerns have influenced America’s health care costs to inflate billions of dollars each year (Putting Meat on the Table).
The Food and Drug Administration, Environmental Protection Agency and
Department of Agriculture continue to refuse to enforce strict laws on factory farms and
CAFOs. But I believe that if we took the first step in creating a nation of informed
consumers, a compassionate market...
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This document was uploaded on 03/25/2014 for the course ENST 207 at Ramapo.
- Fall '13