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Unformatted text preview: sive amounts of ammonia pollute the air. According to the
Natural Resource Defense Council, people working at or living near factory farms breathe
in hundreds of noxious gases created by the massive amounts of manure; for example, the
hydrogen sulfide released by the waste lagoons even at low levels can irreversibly cause
sore throats to asthma, seizures, comas and even death (Tepper, 2013). We also experience effects of antibiotic resistance, diet‐related diseases and
food‐borne illness. Animals under the severe stress of such extreme confinement have
compromised immune systems and these animals are more often than not abused and left
with untreated ailments. As a result, factory farms will supplement livestock feed with
antibiotics to keep the animals alive enough until slaughter. Not only does this widespread
practice feed sick and diseased products to our public, but it can also influence an
antibiotic resistance within our own population, which the CDC has even recently
acknowledged (Zuraw, 2013).
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that every year, in the
U.S. alone, foodborne pathogens are the cause of over 76 million cas...
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- Fall '13