Did you think “environment” referred to things like air, land and water? The EPA apparently has a different definition, the one that Webster’s defines as : the circumstances, objects, or conditions by which one is surrounded. For example, factory farms operate in a clandestine, inhumane and unregulated environment. That’s the environment being “protected.” Sadly, the EPA is controlled by big money from factory farm owners and the politicians who cater to them.
Despite the overwhelming evidence that factory farms are reeking havoc on the environment, um er, on the land, air and water, the EPA has backed down on a monitoring program that would have protected the public, the very people they are supposed to be watching out for.
Factory farming creates the most unimaginable suffering for animals, exploits workers, overuses antibiotics resulting in drug resistant “super bugs” and escapes industrial regulation because it claims it is an agricultural endeavor.
We can’t count on government to protect us, at least not when big money is involved, so the best thing you can do is stop eating animals, or if you must eat animals, make your purchases from certified humane producers.