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Lobbying to Raise the Standards of the Meat Industry and Dis

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Carissa Labriola

on 26 January 2014

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Change in Policies
Lobbying to Raise the Standards of the Meat Industry
Impact on Land
Our Methods
Educate the public on the environmental impact, health and safety endangerment, and current policies of the American Meat Industry
Lobby lawmakers to make appropriate policy changes
What's allowed in feed?
Who we are
Representing the Environmentalist Collective, a well-established conservationist coalition that has been advocating and lobbying for a better tomorrow for over 20 years.

Improve the standards of the operations and products of American Animal Agriculture
Past Success
Health Risks to Population
Same Species Meat
Diseased Animals
Feathers, Hair, Skin, Hooves, and Blood
Manure and Other Animal Waste
Drugs and Chemicals
Unhealthy Amounts of Grains
Health Problems
Those who work in IFAP facilities experience:
Low-Income communities
High-Percentage of minorities
Less likely to have health insurance
"Environmental health concerns related to air and water quality have long been key to the conception of public health in the US,"

- "....environmental public health workforce as a
critical component
Why should you care?
Remember those growth hormones that cause livestock to gain weight quickly?
Don't worry, it in no way backfired...
Documented Air Emissions
Water Contaminants
Animal waste Metals

Nitrates Hormones

Pathogens Pharmaceuticals
"There is no scientifically defensible reason for strict vegetarianism"
"for the extraordinarily meaty diets" we've come to know!
But these illnesses are not limited to workers
Residential proximity
increases respiratory risks:

- headaches
- upset stomachs
- mood disorders
- problems sleeping
Consequences of
Difficulty of obtaining
MEDICAL advice
Geographically concentrated
IFAP operations
Hydrogen sulfide Ammonia
Particulate matter Allergens
Endotoxins Volatile Organic

Policies known as Ag-gags make it illegal for Whistle-blowers to make cases against violations in the Meat Industry
Ag Gag
Why should you care?
-Common violations include forcing "downed" cows to slaughter. They are too sick and diseased to walk by themselves, but if they can get them far enough, it's legal to sell the meat to consumers. This compromises the health and safety of the community.
-Sets a legal precedent of large corporations to make whistle-blowing illegal
Call for Policy Change
Helped Rep. James Walsh, Republican of New York, implement a salmonella inspection law that was passed in 1995
Established programs that help educate the general public on the environmental impact of various industries, including Animal Agriculture
Helped enact better standards for caged animals
How the government supports these practices
Illegal for persons "...entering an animal or research facility to take pictures by photograph, video camera,
or other means with the intent to commit criminal activities or defame the facility or its
Punishment: along with 3x the damages + cost of lawyers, individual is registered under terrorist list
Severity of Ag-Gag law "Animal and
Ecological Terrorism Act"
What does it mean
to subsidize?
"money that is paid usually by a government to keep the price of a product or service low or to help a business or organization to continue to function."
-Merriam-Webster Dictionary
What is Factory Farming
Government Subsidization
US government chooses to subsidize crops used to produce:
- artificial sweeteners (HFCS)
- hydrogenated fats
(soybean oil)
- Feed for cattle and pigs
(2/3 of budget)
Does not subsidize healthy fruits and vegetables
Effects of unhealthy agriculture subsidization
Changes for Feed
Proposal 1) No animal by-products allowed in food for vegetarian animals
2) Ban items that are
not actually digestible
(corn & plastic)
3) Ban hormones (natural and synthetic)
Require 60% of diet consist of grass for cows
Changes for the Environment
Increased livestock production

Higher incentive to use cheap subsidized feed instead of free range grazing.
Changes in Health Standards
How our tax dollars are spent
Proposals: 1) Make Ag Gag Laws Unconstitutional
2) Mandate Transparency in Animal Agriculture with installed cameras (corporations do NOT have the right to privacy over public health)
3) Ban use of antibiotics for anything but severe infections as prescribed by a vet (instead provide sanitary space)
Why would the government do this?
To support big corporations who profit from sweeteners and cheap meat.

The little guy can't afford lobbyists
# Animals
Focus on the

rather than the
consumption of meat

Proposal: 1) Reallocate 20% of subsidies from corn to grass and hay for livestock feed.
2) Reallocate 30% from meat specifically to fruit and vegetable production

New term: IFAP: Industrial Farm Animal Production
Heavy Land Consumption
Land Degradation

Impact on Water
Industrial Use
Water Pollution
Livestock Use
Land Consumption
Two-Thirds of all agricultural land is used for growing feed for livestock
Livestock is an inefficient source of food
Demand for meat results in expansion for pasture and feedstock
Soil Degradation
Loss of biodiversity
Contributes to Global Warming
Livestock Use
Essential source for livestock
Used for livestock feed
Majority of animal waste is a form of water

Land Degradation
Overgrazing from livestock
Mismatch between livestock density and capacity of land
Feed grown for livestock depletes soil of nutrients
leads to land expansion
Requires additional resources to recover
Water Pollution
Livestock excrement can get into fields and be washed into waterways, creating dead zones and causing health risks
contaminates ground water
Deterioration of water quality
Industrial Use
Clean production Units
Wash Animals
Cooling Facilities
Animal Waste Disposal
Biodiversity Loss
Habitat Change
Climate Change
Livestock as Invasive Species

Climate Change
Alter species migratory pattern
Potentially exterminate species
Higher temperatures affect:
reproduction of species
length of growing season
population sizes
pest and disease outbreaks

Habitat Change
Deforestation and land degradation causes habitat destruction
Changing a habitat can potentially exterminate a species
That's over 4x the amount of water you will drink in a year!
What Can You Do?
Don't reward what you don't agree with! Vote with your wallet
Purchase grass-fed, organic meat instead
Eat less meat
Don't think your actions matter? Consider this:
2006: Walmart introduces organic and locally grown foods
It's what the customers wanted!
How Shelving works: We don't buy it, they don't stock it
Any Questions?
Price of Apathy
Not to mention personal ramifications of:
being saturated with synthetic hormones designed for gaining weight quickly
higher chance of heart disease and diabetes
Wasting hard-earned money on inferior products
supporting the loss of your own right to free speech

and world-wide consequences of a future without:
nutrient-rich soil
sufficient water sources
Effective antibiotics
Proposal: 1) Require infrastructure for waste management to be in place in order to be certified.

2) Set a reasonable limit to the amount of land allowed to be used in anyway for Animal Agriculture

Changes in Subsidies
Livestock's waste is a pollutant
Waste residue from drugs used in livestock allow bacteria to evolve and spread in ecosystems
Pesticides used in feed can cause cancer and disrupt immune systems to wild animals and plants
Livestock as Invasive Species
Competes for water and graze against the indigenous wildlife
Spreads foreign diseases

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