There’s a good chance you’ve never personally seen a factory farm, or as the industry calls them, Confined Animal Feeding operations (CAFOs). With good reason. The poultry, pork, beef and dairy industries know you’d be so appalled, you’d never buy another chicken wing or gallon of milk produced using their reckless, poisonous and senselessly inhumane methods.
A River of Waste uncovers the ugly truth about factory farms in the U.S. Their flagrant disregard for human health and safety. Their reckless destruction of the environment. Their unconscionable treatment of animals.
The documentary also tells the heartbreaking story of how poultry farms in Prairie Grove, Ark., caused the deaths of at least four children in this small town of 2,500 people. By spreading chicken waste, containing arsenic, on the town’s lands. Not one of those farms, or the companies that own them, have yet been held accountable for those deaths.
The Worldwatch Institute calls factory farms “mini Chernobyls” because of the endless amounts of pollution they spew into the air, groundwater and soil. The American Public Health Association has called for a moratorium on new factory farm facilities. But the only way we’ll end factory farming? When consumers stop buying their products.