may have been crucial to our survival in the past. But now, it’s killing us.” That’s the final note to the World #Health
Organization in a New York Times op-ed yesterday, published as the organization is set to appoint a new director general this week. The authors, Scott Weathers, Sophie Hermanns, and Mark Bittman, point to the sentiment they share, along with more than 200 #global
health, biology, policy, and climate research experts, in an open letter sent to the WHO this week, which says industrial #animal #farming
practices undermine the “highest attainable standard of health that is WHO’s mandate.” They’re urging the organization to appoint a new director willing and capable of tackling the issue.
While the #World
Health Organization has been quick to address numerous issues connected to factory farms, such as chronic #diet
-related diseases, and the rise of antibiotic-resistant superbugs that kill more than 23,000 Americans every year, the organization has been lax in addressing factory farming head-on.
Although many previous attempts to tackle factory farming have been largely framed around animal welfare or environmental concerns, we believe that limiting the size and adverse practices of factory farming is also central to improving global health,” the open letter states.
The harms caused by large-scale, industrial animal farming are global in nature and felt beyond those who consume #meat
, and #eggs
. Climate change does not recognize borders and neither do drug-resistant infectious diseases,” the group states.
#vegansofig #vegan #govegan #compassion #activism #animalwelfare #animalrights #fact #factoryfarming #food #gogreen #environment #environmental #newyorktimes