The Hidden Link Between Factory Farms and Human Illness

1/13/2009 Mother Earth News
Did you know that factory farms could be a danger to human health? It's nothing new for infectious diseases to jump from humans to animals - some of our most familiar diseases, such as influenza and the common cold, had animal origins. What is different is that the new contagious diseases are developing more rapidly, and we're seeing more virulent and antibiotic-resistant strains of old foes such as staph and slmonella. It turns out that intensive livestocd operations are terrific breeding grounds for disease. Here's what consumers need to know about the meet we eat, and how it affects us all.

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