My blogging friend Barb has a problem. A CAFO is proposed within two miles of her farm. Anyone that eats store bought, non-grassfed meat is contributing to this problem. And, this is a big problem.
CAFOs are farming operations, usually agribusiness, where animals are raised for food in a confined area. They have no access to pasture, minimal room to move around, pumped full of antibiotics, and fed grain - not grass, grain. These CAFOs are putting small family farms out of business.
CAFOs and Factory Farms are essentially the same thing. They destroy the rural way of life and pollute drinking water, streams and rivers. They render the rural countryside an unfit place to live, farm and raise children. In one day a CAFO/FF can produce the same amount of manure and waste as a town of 25,000 people! The manure is often stored in manure pits (called manure lagoons) which can leak nitrates and pollute ground water and streams. People that live in the vicinity of factory farms can not open their windows in nice weather or enjoy their yards because of the stench of the CAFOs/FF.
Click here for Wisco CAFO watch.
Don't be part of the problem. Buy local meat from family farms. Its not hard to do. It tastes better. And it will allow the farmer to stay on his/her farm without a CAFO/FF threatening the very existence of the rural way of life.