Report calls for delay in pig confinement buildings
A recent report calls on US states to a temporal halt
in construction of livestock confinements until further research draws a clearer
picture on environmental effects.
In the report, the team called for more research into the effects of
"Although sufficient research exists to
support action to protect rural residents from the negative community health
impacts of (confinements), additional research could be conducted to further
delineate mechanisms of effects and impacts on susceptible subgroups," said one
of six reports from work groups.
The team endorsed the American
Public Health Association's call for a moratorium on new confinements until some
of the health questions can be studied.
Representatives from pork
industry said the report left out important scientific papers and drew
conclusions that are not supported by scientific findings. They said that
research has shown that operations meeting current regulations hardly pose any
The research team was led by
University of Iowa toxicologist Peter Thorne. The scientists' report
was published in the latest online edition
of Environmental Health Perspectives.
â€¢ American Public Health Association
â€¢ University of Iowa
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