According to Jim Mason, co-author of Animal Factories, a ground-breaking book about the miserable conditions on factory farms
, "The vegetarian movement takes a scattershot approach to the issues: every group has its own logo and pet slogan.
These are important components of the new standards that readers should have been informed about in the event that they wanted, like many others have, to write to the USDA and demand that the "organic" label not stand for factory farms
or animal mutilations.
Examples include animal liberation raids, which disrupt scientific research and cause damage to factory farms
; business and academic sabotage, sometimes including bomb detonations; and "monkey-wrenching," aimed at stopping logging and construction projects by ruining tools and vehicles.
Air and water pollution from huge hog factory farms
are yet another cause for concern.
Please reread your own article "The Trouble with Meat" (Cover Story, May/June 1998), in which you show photographs of animals grown under grotesque conditions on factory farms
. And then please retract your endorsement of this "organic" lawn product.
coli, along with other meat-borne pathogens like Salmonella ententidis and Campylobacter, both found in poultry, can be traced to our highly productive "factory farms
." Genetically "optimized" pigs, cattle, sheep, turkeys and chickens are raised in tightly packed confinement systems -- an ideal breeding ground for bacteria.
They'd be surprised to learn that it was most likely picked by Central American workers earning less than a dollar a day in pesticide-intensive, high-output factory farms
. And that these full-sun farms - virtual biological deserts - are swiftly replacing traditional eco-friendly shade farms, which are habitat havens for migrant songbirds.
Waste from factory farms
causes massive pollution; growing the grain to feed food animals consumes tremendous resources and habitat; and providing water to intensive agricultural systems has already bludgeoned the western landscape.
In factory farms
, manure can be put into anaerobic digestors (essentially large septic tanks) where it generates methane that can be burned as fuel.
The use of antibiotics in factory farms
in Asia is set to more than double in just over a decade, with potentially damaging effects on antibiotic resistance around the world.
That's because a certain secrecy shrouds factory farms
, and journalists generally aren't invited in.
Mimi Bekhechi, boss of animal rights group PETA, said: "Fran Healy and thousands of concerned citizens are urging the council to see the light, something rabbits on factory farms
seldom do, and reject this application.