Industrial Food Animal Production Project
Changes in the scale, concentration and manner in which food animals are produced over the last half century are unsustainable and pose serious risks to rural communities, consumers, and environmental quality. The purpose of the Industrial Food Animal Production Project is to address these ills by contributing to the state of peer-reviewed knowledge and communicating findings to policymakers and advocates, working with communities burdened by food animal production operations, and by translating science for persons in the media for rapid dissemination. Characterization of risks and generation of public awareness will provide the needed impetus for policy change toward a more sustainable production system.
Specific areas of interest include:
- Use of veterinary drugs, including antibiotics and arsenicals, in food animal production and their unnecessary contribution to selective pressure in the propagation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria
- Use of arsenical drugs, specifically roxarsone, in poultry production, characterization of detectable residues in meat, and assessing cancer risk and burden for the US population as a result of consuming poultry raised using roxarsone
- Quantifying impacts of large-scale animal agriculture operations on rural communities
- Exploring how the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem is inextricably linked to the health of Bay-area residents