There's a good chance you've never personally seen a factory farm or CAFO (concentrated animal feeding operations) - and there's a reason for this.
CAFOs are traditionally hidden from public view. Certain states (like Iowa, where big agriculture rules the roost economically and politically) are even considering making undercover videos taken on such farms - which often show shocking scenes of animal cruelty and filth - illegal.
Quite simply, they don't want you to see what's really going on, because if you did, you would probably turn away in disgust at the mere thought of eating the foods produced there.
Yet, the vast majority of the food produced in the United States comes from these industrial-sized CAFOs.
In the documentary film above, A River of Waste: The Hazardous Truth About Factory Farms, you can see first-hand the toll that the modern industrial system of meat and poultry production has on human health and the environment, and realize why a prompt call to action is urgently needed.
Waste From CAFOs Compared to 'Mini Chernobyls'
When you raise tens of thousands of animals (and in the case of chickens, 100,000) under one roof, you're left with a load of waste. That manure, which traditionally was regarded as a valuable fertilizing byproduct when produced on a much smaller scale, has become one of the most polluting substances in the United States (even though federal legislature forbids animal waste from being defined as "hazardous").