The Public Health Impacts of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations on Local Communities

Michael Greger, Gowri Koneswaran
2010 Family & Community Health  
Large-scale farm animal production facilities, also known as concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), release a significant amount of contaminants into the air and water. Adverse health effects related to exposure to these contaminants among CAFO workers have been welldocumented; however, less is known about their impact on the health of residents in nearby communities. Epidemiological research in this area suggests that neighboring residents are at increased risk of developing
more » ... eveloping neurobehavioral symptoms and respiratory illnesses, including asthma. Additional research is needed to better understand community-scale exposures and health outcomes related to the management practices and emissions of CAFOs.
doi:10.1097/fch.0b013e3181c4e22a pmid:20010001 fatcat:yvjbgide5jcd5mzkc7azrrpt6i