Each faCE Issue will have an overriding theme.
The overriding theme of this Issue is Pollution. The pollution caused by animal agriculture. Few people realize how much pollution is caused by this industry. Far more than any other industry on the planet.
First... So many positives to bring to your attention.
In faCE LOVE, the feature-length documentary Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is a very important film to see. We interviewed filmmaker Kip Anderson. He and fellow filmmaker Keegan Kuhn are our Recommended People.
The Preston Farm is a great example of a successful sustainable family farm, making a contribution to their community, diversifying their harvests with a reverence for the land, and if you like wine, theirs are not to be missed.
With Legislation we recognize a judge’s recent ruling, a significant step forward in the legal challenge against an Idaho Ag-gag law.
In faCE LIFT, the easy ways you can get involved include:
A different type of petition, not an online petition, but one you can take to supermarket and grocery store managers as you food shop. This is a way to get actively involved with your community and is a powerful action. This one is calling out Darigold, Inc. and the widespread animal abuse and cruelty at the diary farms supplying its milk.
Watch Tracy Worcester’s engaging three minute video, The Pig Pledge. Eat less meat to improve your health and the environment for all the reasons cited in Study: To Cut Down On Environmental Impact, Eat Less Beef.
And… Celebrate the enactment of California Proposition 2, one of the most important victories for animals and against factory farming EVER.
In the report, As Factory Farms Spread, Government Efforts to Curb Threat From Livestock Waste Bog Down, the Environmental Protection Agency states that "a dairy farm with 2,500 cows – which is large, but not exceptional – can generate as much waste as 411,000 people” - the equivalent of a city the size of Miami.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, “Every minute, 7 million pounds of excrement are produced by animals raised for food in the U.S..” In its Risk Assessment Evaluation for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, the Environmental Protection Agency found that 130 times more animal waste than human waste is produced in the U.S. annually.
Check out the video Spy Drones Expose Smithfield Foods Factory Farms to see just how large the lakes of pig sewage are at Smithfield Farms facilities, and what the factory-farmers do with the runoff as the lakes fill. There are over 2,000 of these lake size cesspools in North Carolina alone. We include a map showing the “dead zone” in the Caribbean, an area now spanning 5,840 square miles - an area the size of the state of Connecticut - created by the flow of runoff from factory farms and from the cropland growing the food to feed factory-farmed animals, down the Mississippi River.
The infographic Food Poisoning – Is Factory Farming Making Us Sick? Has information on this as well.
Much more in Farm Animal Compassionate Engagement’s Issue 2.
Take a look.