Print Warning Labels for Factory Farmed Products

Target: Risk Communication Advisory Committee of the USDA

Goal: Require informative packaging labels for food produced on factory farms

Most animal products sold for consumption in the U.S. come from CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations), otherwise known as factory farms, where animals are born into a life of constant abuse and cruelty that continues until they die. But besides the physical and emotional damage inflicted on the animals, CAFOs pose an enormous threat to our environment, and the health of everyone involved in the process: from the employees working on CAFOs, to those people living nearby to factory farms, to the millions of American families that buy these products every day. Demand that the FDA require informative labels for products originating from CAFOs, describing the variety of risks posed by such products.

CAFOs produce huge amounts of concentrated animal waste, much more than each individual farm can safely dispose of. The waste from livestock farms contains at least 40 dangerous chemicals, such as E. Coli and Salmonella. It is not uncommon for this waste to contaminate nearby waterways, and there are numerous records of waste spillage from CAFOs causing birth defects, brain damage, and death in civilian populations in the U.S. These chemicals pose an even more serious risk to those who work on CAFOs, as they can be directly exposed to open pits of animal waste.

There is also evidence to suggest that the use of artificial hormones in livestock, a common practice on CAFOs everywhere, can impact the health of those who consume the products of those animals. Studies have linked artificially elevated hormone levels in meat with prostate and breast cancer in humans. It has also been suggested that these products can cause early puberty in girls, and lower sperm counts in boys. Other studies have traced the obesity epidemic in America to hormone-treated livestock.

With the wide range of environmental and health risks associated with factory farms, it is surprising that they are legal at all. The FDA requires labels to be displayed on products that pose health risks to the public, yet the undeniably dangerous processes employed by factory farms go completely unaccounted for. It is in the public interest to have all animal products originating from CAFOs be clearly labeled, to inform the consumer of the risks to their health and to the environment. Demand that the FDA introduce mandatory labels for CAFO products that clearly designate the source of product and the associated risks.

PETITION LETTER:

Factory farms, otherwise known as CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations), produce huge amounts of concentrated animal waste, much more than a single farm can safely dispose of. The waste from livestock farms contains at least 40 dangerous chemicals, such as E. Coli and Salmonella. It is not uncommon for this waste to contaminate nearby waterways, and there are numerous records of waste spillage from CAFOs causing birth defects, brain damage, and death in civilian populations in the U.S. These chemicals pose an even more serious risk to those who work on CAFOs, as they can be directly exposed to open pits of animal waste. We demand that the FDA require informative labels for products originating from CAFOs, describing the variety of risks posed by such products.

There is also evidence to suggest that the use of artificial hormones in livestock, a common practice on CAFOs everywhere, can impact the health of those who consume the products of those animals. Studies have linked artificially elevated hormone levels in meat with prostate and breast cancer in humans. It has also been suggested that these products can cause early puberty in girls, and lower sperm counts in boys. Other studies have traced the obesity epidemic in America to hormone-treated livestock.

The FDA requires labels to be displayed on products that pose health risks to the public, yet the undeniably dangerous processes on factory farms go completely unaccounted for. It is in the public interest to have all animal products originating from CAFOs be clearly labeled, to inform the consumer of the risks to their health and to the environment. We demand that the FDA introduce mandatory labels for CAFO products that clearly designate the source of product and the associated risks.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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  1. Signed, butI would much rather see a warning label saying the animal in this product was Horribly abused in life

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