Last October TreeHugger was on the media sponsors of Farm Sanctuary's first Conference to End Factory Farming. It's a hugely worthy cause and an absolute imperative if we're going to combat climate change, limit pollution, fix the utterly broken food system in the US, improve health in the nation, not to mention (the perhaps obvious) improve the lives of the literally millions of farm animals living horribly brutal lives.
Now, Farm Sanctuary wants to put some pressure on President Obama and has created a petition that you should sign.
In case you need further reasoning to sign, this is how the petition puts it:
Factory farms have driven small farms out of business and represent the majority of our food system today. The industry has cleared vast areas of forest and rainforest, producing 18% of all greenhouse gas emissions from animal agriculture alone, wasting food and water resources, and polluting our air and water. On factory farms, animals are also induced to grow bigger, to grow faster, and to produce more than their systems can support, while they are subjected to confinement and painful mutilations. Factory farming practices spread diseases, such as mad cow, swine flu, and various food poisonings, including e-coli and salmonella. Extensive antibiotic use by factory farms creates drug resistant bacteria, which puts human health at risk. For these reasons, the first National Conference to End Factory Farming brought together individuals and organizations representing the animal protection, health and environmental movements to confront factory farming’s common threats. We seek reform, through consumer education, the Farm Bill and local, state and federal policy change.Farm Sanctuary is looking to get to 25,000 signatures by July 5th. They're currently at a bit over 21,000 right now.Sign the petition: President Obama: End factory farming!
- Food policy and nutrition education that reduces consumption of animal products and increases consumption of fresh fruits, vegetables and whole plant foods – minimizing factory farming’s impact and promoting health.
- Sustainable agriculture practices that lessen resource use, pollution and land degradation.
- Elimination of non-therapeutic antibiotics in animal agriculture.
- Eradication of intensive animal confinement, de-toeing, de-beaking, and tail docking.
- Improved regulation of waste disposal affecting rural communities.