|The Edisto River, South Carolina|
Even though climate change has taken center stage in the nation's environmental debate, the well-documented and persistent threats of factory farming continue to accumulate across the country.
Whether it's the health effects of production and run-off from Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (as well as associated conditions of animal cruelty), the deadly introduction of GMOs and associated toxins, harassment of family farms, or Big Ag's undeniable control over regulatory agencies like the EPA, FDA and USDA, there might be no greater threat than that of poisoning our dwindling fresh water supply.
The sickness of factory farming literally knows no bounds, and the corporate interests that are at the helm are practicing what former economic hitman John Perkins calls a "death economy." A current battle taking place along a small pristine river in South Carolina further illustrates this point.