Ooh, what ick and eew factors can they dig up this time?
Poultry waste fed to cattle, pigs pumped with growth-promoting antibiotics, mounds of manure dumped in ditches and other scenarios are used to take aim at the “largely hidden” costs of intensive live-stock operations to public health, the environment and rural community development in a report to be released today by the Canadian office of the World Society for the Protection of Animals.
“Our industrial animal agriculture system is quite expensive. That’s the biggest myth we’re trying to bust with this report, that there are so many hidden costs. As an animal welfare group, we know this food system causes the most animal suffering, but it has more far-reaching impacts than that,” Melissa Matlow, the group’s campaign manager for humane and sustainable agriculture, said in an interview.