Classic research from the University of Arizona says your kitchen counter has more fecal bacteria and other contamination that can give you food poisoning, thanks to the literal crap on the chicken and other meat brought to you by your friends at America's corporate factory farms.
This Huffington Post interview with Dr. Michael Greger (who works—gasp!—for the Humane Society) notes scientists have traced swine flu, bird flu, and other deadly pathogens to animal confinement and the concomitant overuse of antibiotics.
Those darned hippies at the Humane Society want us to treat chickens and other animals more nicely... in part because it would save human lives:
Studies have shown infection risk to be directly linked to overcrowding on factory chicken farms. In caged egg-laying hens, the most significant risk factor for flock infection is hen density per cage. Researchers have calculated that affording just a single quart of additional living space to each hen would be associated with a corresponding 33% drop in the risk of colibacillosis outbreak. This is one of the reasons many efforts to improve the lives of farmed animals is critical not only for animal welfare, but for the health of humans and animals alike [Dr. Michael Greger, interviewed by Kathy Freston, "E. Coli, Salmonella and Other Deadly Bacteria and Pathogens in Food: Factory Farms Are the Reason (Part 2)," Huffington Post, 2010.01.08].
Now I'm sure Troy Hadrick, along with his fellow ag-industrial marketing whizzes will have some evasive red herring reply about "uniting agriculture" to "tell our story"... when he gets back from hobnobbing with the Farm Bureau lobbyists in Seattle.
But I just can't buy the corporate marketing line Hadrick peddles that the Humane Society is trying to "destroy agriculture"—if, by any stretch of your etymological imagination, you can call cramming chickens and pigs into a building the "cultivation of land." Rather, it seems reasonable scientists like Dr. Greger are trying to keep "agriculture" from destroying us.
Now I'm hungry: time to set the toilet bowl.