US Public Health Departments are useless against corporate power.

Health Departments Hindered in Addressing Health Concerns from Anim...

... community members may assume that local health departments actively monitor and address potential concerns arising from large animal production sites.

Past studies have shown air near animal production sites to contain hydrogen sulfide, particulate matter, and allergens. Exposure to these emissions has been associated with multiple respiratory, cardiovascular and neurological health problems. Health department employees surveyed told investigators that, although some are often contacted by concerned community members living in close proximity to animal production sites, limited staff resources, lack of expertise or training, jurisdictional issues, and political pressures can hinder follow-up.

"Even though health departments are charged with monitoring and responding to the public health concerns of a community, most interviewed for the study said they had no involvement in decisions made about animal production sites,"...

Political and economic pressures were frequently cited as barriers to health departments becoming involved. Similarly, the researchers heard from participants that efforts to establish ordinances regulating animal production sites are often hindered by economic and political power held by agricultural corporations. [emphasis mine]


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This is so consistent with words posted long ago at a Rhine River toll booth: "It is necessary to trade; it is not necessary to live."

Thanks, Ruth.

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