"Factory farm moratorium proposed
A bill has been introduced into the Indiana State Senate calling for a three-year moratorium on CAFOs (concentrated animal feeding operations).
CAFOs house thousands of pigs, chickens, cattle or turkeys under one roof, and prioritize high volume and quick growth, with minimal regard for human health, food safety, the environment, property values, humane treatment of animals and rural economies. The public health impacts of these facilities include toxic air emissions, water pollution and the abuse of antibiotics. These impacts have been recognized not only by the communities forced to live with these facilities, but also by public health officials. Supporters of the bill believe federal oversight of this industry has been weak, it is up to the states to institute a moratorium on these factory farms. (See NUVO Cover story, “Factory Farms,” Aug. 23, 2006).