The EPA defines a CAFO (Confined Animal Feeding Operation) as one that accommodates more than 1,000 animals at the facility. If the animals discharge pollution directly or indirectly into a body of water the number is 300. Criticized because of the environmental impact and the health and ethics of the treatment of such animals, CAFO’s are often labeled “Factory Farms.”
Animals that raised on Factory Farms are often given antibiotics whether they are sick or not. These antibiotics are passed on to the consumer when eaten. To avoid eating food from factory farms be prepared to pay a little more, seek out sources with full transparency (investigate), ask questions (and keep asking), read your labels (know what those words mean, don’t trust “natural” that is a red flag for greenwashing, take baby steps and enjoy the learning experience!
Shop at CSAs, local farmers markets and find small farms that sell products online (some even deliver) and try to purchase foods domestically grown and produced. Read the labels on everything. Always look for the fine print.
Learn more read the article that goes along with this infographic by clicking HERE compliments of Dr. Joseph Mercola. Read more about what the food industry in America has to hide from consumers. I’ve been reading articles like this one by Dr. Mercola since 2004. If you only subscribe to one health newsletter, it should be his.