Say No to Factory Farms in Trade Agreements and Farm Bills Print E-mail

 

Category:  Agriculture and Food

 

 

BE IT RESOLVED THAT: (Print or attach your resolution here. Be concise. Use everyday language.)

 

MN's U.S. Senators oppose trade agreements and both Senators and Representatives oppose farm bills that allow factory farms, and that MN declare a moratorium on factory farms and place restrictions on water use, air pollution, and water pollution on existing factory farms (a farm on which large numbers of livestock are raised indoors in conditions intended to maximize production at minimal cost).

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Factory Farms worldwide now contribute more to greenhouse gas emissions (GHG's) than the entire transportation industry. Iowa, the state with the highest number of factory farms, is the state second worst in water quality. MN, the state second highest in factory farms, is rapidly declining in water quality with 40% of MN lakes, streams, and rivers already identified as polluted.  The big increase in GHG emissions in MN due to factory farms along with the development of bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics, threatens the health of rural residents, in fact the health of people worldwide.   A recently released American Enterprise Institute report warns Congress, the president, the public and the US Department of Agriculture that we’re living on borrowed time when it comes to conservation. The report reveals that what has been sold as the key to solving our trade imbalance and feeding the world is itself an endangered species, unless it is drastically reformed.

 

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