America's drinking water, rivers and lakes are at risk from giant, corporate-owned factory farms. These
Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) confine thousands of animals in one facility, and produce
staggering amounts of animal waste in the process (2.7 trillion pounds per year). Too often, this waste
leaks into our rivers and streams, fouling our air, contaminating our drinking water and spreading disease.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, hog, chicken and cattle waste has polluted 35,000 miles
of rivers in 22 states and contaminated groundwater in 17 states. (Sierra Club)
In reality, factory farms are a serious threat to public health and the environment. In the public
interest, the government needs to place stricter controls and regulations over these operations. Ironically,
the Bush Administration has done just the opposite. Instead of holding corporate agribusiness accountable
and regulating their operations, the Bush Administration has allowed them to continue to profit and pollute
at the expense of our environment and our health.