48 Million Sickened Every Year by Cheap, Dirty Meat

If you live in the U.S., you’re far more likely to get hit with salmonella or some other foodborne illness, than if you live in the U.K. You can thank the factory farm industry for that. An investigation by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism (TBIJ) and the Guardian found “shockingly high” levels of foodborne illness in the U.S. The Guardian reports that “annually, around 14.7 percent (48 million people) of the U.S. population is estimated to suffer from an illness, compared to around 1.5 percent (1 million) in the UK. In the U.S., 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die each year of foodborne diseases. Driving these grim statistics is the multi-billion-dollar industrial factory farm industry that not only makes us sick but pollutes our water and air, exploits workers, is causing an antibiotic resistance crisis and is unconscionably inhumane. And it’s all done in the name of “cheap food.”

Source: 48 Million Sickened Every Year by Cheap, Dirty Meat

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