Letter: The Danger of CAFOs

Publication: Madison Courier

Author: Dr. Stephen Jay

05/30/2009 - The outbreak of swine flu has spurred discussions about where these kinds of deadly bugs come from in our state and across the country.

Sadly, one possibility may be found right here at home, on Indiana's industrial farms – also known as confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) – that are sprinkled all over the Hoosier state.

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Last year, the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production reported that the overuse of antibiotics was creating drug-resistant infections. Today, legislation in Congress, based on the Pew Commission's recommendations, would address this serious health issue. It's called the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act (PAMTA), and it would phase out the use of human medicines in livestock, except when needed to treat sick animals.

Read the full letter The Danger of CAFOs on the Madison Courier's Web site.

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