Factory Farms Increase Infant Deaths

The Stench from Factory Farms is Only Part of the Story

Based on the study, an increase of 100,000 animal units in a county corresponded to 123 more infant deaths per year per 100,000 births. Doubling livestock numbers was linked to a 7.4 percent increase in infant mortality.

I am fortunate that a colleague of mine, who has much more expertise in air pollution than I do, has passed this along to me. Now I know in part why there are 180,000 sustainable, organic farms are all over India and growing– especially after more than 100,000 Indian farmers have committed suicide by drinking Monsanto supplied pesticide, after their farms were destroyed by Monsanto’s bad seed and advice

Previous studies have found that animal production can result in high concentrations of potentially harmful byproducts. Effluent from livestock farms can contaminate the groundwater and air.Certain gases associated with livestock farming have been found to be toxic and to contribute to overall air pollution levels. Livestock farming has also been associated with air-borne particulate matter.

    Quote: Ammonia, hydrogen sulfide and airborne particulate matter are all associated with factory farm livestock production, Sneeringer says. Exposure to the gases has been linked to respiratory distress in infants, while exposure in the womb has been linked to disorders that occur late in pregnancy or shortly after birth, and has also been linked to spontaneous abortions. Sneeringer found that about 80 percent of the infant deaths associated with increased livestock production occurred in the first 28 days of life.

    As an environmental, health and safety professional (engineering and environmental science) I am qualified to comment on more concerns:

    Moreover, the odorous compounds also come with the significant

      biological hazards

    contained within the fine dust particles (including extremely fine liquids)– a long list of them, along with reaction products and pesticides and fertilizers. One would expect an increase in death and illness rates. This does not count the health impact from the poor quality of meat and milk produced by factory farms which I would expect would be far greater total death and illnesses. This is well documented.

    Quote from the article:

    Ammonia, hydrogen sulfide and airborne particulate matter are all associated with livestock production, Sneeringer says. Exposure to the gases has been linked to respiratory distress in infants, while exposure in the womb has been linked to disorders that occur late in pregnancy or shortly after birth, and has also been linked to spontaneous abortions. Sneeringer found that about 80 percent of the infant deaths associated with increased livestock production occurred in the first 28 days of life.

3 responses to “Factory Farms Increase Infant Deaths

  1. Great story Augie. Who’d of thunk it. I know of course that when I grew up on a confinement pig farm I couldn’t stand to go in the barn because the stench of all that liquid manure under the building was just overpowering.

    Good on Science News to be reporting stories like this.

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