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factory farms

Factory farms or concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) are one of the main reasons why agriculture is a top contributor to climate change. CAFOs house hundreds of animals in crowded and unnatural conditions with little to no access to the outdoors. This system of agriculture aims at raising animals as efficiently and economically as possible with little to no regard for the well-being of animals, the environment or consumers. CAFOs are linked to numerous animal welfare and public and environmental health concerns.

Environmental & Public health

Due to the mass quantity of animals in one area, animal waste builds up releasing high levels of methane into the atmosphere. Methane is one of the leading contributors to climate change, causing more short-term damage to the environment than carbon dioxide. Animal waste also poses a contamination threat to soil and waterways, impacting communities downstream from CAFOs. The animal agriculture industry is a major consumer of irrigated water, with each cow requiring 150 gallons of water per day. A particularly concerning fact considering California is the top dairy producing state and regularly struggles with severe droughts.

"CAFOs are linked to numerous animal welfare and public and environmental health concerns."

Antibiotic Resistance

To make up for the crowded and unsanitary conditions, animals raised in CAFOs are regularly given sub-therapeutic (non-medical, daily low dosage) doses of antibiotics. In addition, antibiotics are often used to aid in growth promotion, a usage discouraged by the FDA. The continued sub-therapeutic usage of antibiotics is contributing to the rise in antibiotic-resistant bacteria, an epidemic that claims over 23,000 lives a year in the US alone. Studies have found that antibiotic-resistant bacteria and animal waste travel via the wind, impacting communities outside the immediate vicinity of a CAFO.

Animal Welfare

The unnatural habitat of factory farms combined with continuous impregnation, a poor diet of GE corn, soy, and alfalfa, and unsanitary conditions, results in high rates of infection and short life spans. For example, a CAFO raised dairy cows’ life expectancy is 1-3 years, far less than their natural life span of up to 20 years.

Steps Toward Change

The current animal agriculture system is broken, but there are several steps that can be taken to reduce the impact of animal agriculture. By decreasing the overall amount of meat consumed, increasing the number of small-scale farms, and stopping the sub-therapeutic use of antibiotics we can decrease the impact of animal agriculture on public health and the environment. Part of shifting the animal agriculture systems is stopping the use of essential agricultural land to grow GE crops for animal feed, these crops pose a major threat to the environment.

As a consumer, it is important to pay close attention to the labels on your meat and poultry products. Make sure to look for products with organic, grass-fed, and free-range labels, and if you can, purchase products from local producers practicing small-scale agriculture.

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Tell Darden Restaurants to Serve Healthy, Green, and Fair Food
Darden Restaurants—owner of Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, and The Capital Grille—is the #1 casual-dining operator in terms of revenue. Ask Darden to serve greener meals that are better for our health, the planet, and workers!

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Tell Congress to Reject the TTIP Trade Deal
The Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) governing trade between the US and European Union will further the corporate influence over the worldwide food system and increase the use of genetically engineered (GE) crops and pesticides.

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Tell Congress to Reject the TPP

Tell Congress to Reject the TPP
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) governing trade in the Pacific will negatively impact food safety, workers’ rights, and the environment. We must protect ourselves and stand up against corporate interests.

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Tell Kraft to Remove GMOs from Miracle Whip
Most mayo contains genetically engineered (referred to as GE or GMO) ingredients. These mayos are also frequently made from factory farmed eggs. Tell Kraft to get the GMOs out of, and get humanely produced eggs into, Miracle Whip.

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Tell Sabra Hummus: Stop Mixing in the GMOs
Sabra hummus contains soybean oil and citric acid, both from likely genetically engineered crops. Sabra's parent company, PepsiCo, is one of the largest supporters of the anti-GMO labeling movement, fighting consumer’s right to know.

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Tell Starbucks:
Serve Only Organic, Non-GMO Milk

With more than 20,000 retail locations throughout the world, Starbucks is a company uniquely positioned to trigger major supply-chain shifts when it makes changes to the products in its stores. Plus, Starbucks already serves organic soymilk. Green America's GMO Inside campaign calls on Starbucks to switch to serving all-organic dairy products as well. 
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Tell Dean Foods: We Want Better Butter
Dean Foods claims that their white milk does not contain GMOs, while sourcing their dairy from cows raised on genetically modified feed. It's time to get the GMOs completely out of their supply chain.
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Non-GMO Mayo Hellmann's Offers Non-GMO Mayo Option!

Green America's GMO Inside campaign celebrates another announcement that Hellmann's is releasing a non-GMO mayonnaise dressing made with olive oil. Thanks, Green Americans, for taking action and making this possible.
Victory! Similac Infant Formula Removes GMOs Abbott Offers non-GMO Similac Infant Formula

Green America's GMO Inside campaign celebrates Abbott's announcement that it is removing genetically engineered ingredients from two of its Similac formulas. This victory is thanks to the tens of thousands of Green Americans who've taken action.
Hersheys give a kiss actions Monumental First Step! Give a Kiss to Hershey's!

Hershey's announced that as part of achieving "simpler ingredients" it will be switching to non-GMO sugar, removing artificial flavors (vanillin), and sourcing milk from cows not treated with the growth hormone rBST in its iconic Milk Chocolate Bar and Kisses by the end of 2015. This is a monumental first step from one of the leading chocolate companies and a large purchaser of sugar.
hersheys milk chocolate Hershey's Milk Chocolate and Kisses to Go Non-GMO by the End of 2015

Bowing to pressure from Green America's GMO Inside campaign, Hershey's announced it will switch to non-GMO sugar for its milk chocolate bars and Kisses.
NonGMO Cheerios General Mills Announces That Original Cheerios Are Now Non-GMO

General Mills announced that its "original" Cheerios are now produced without genetically modified ingredients, a year after Green America launched our GMO Inside campaign targeting General Mills to get the GMOs out of Cheerios. The company said it was "able to change how we source and handle ingredients to ensure that the corn starch for original Cheerios comes only from non-GMO corn and our sugar is only non-GMO pure cane sugar."