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Unformatted text preview: es of illness, 325,000 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 agriculture (Mead). 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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  • Fall '13
  • PatrickO'Connor
  • Huffington Post. Retrieved, Congressman  Steve  King, King Amendment, Animal Death Statistics, Animal Science. Retrieved

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