Environmental Effects Of Animal Production

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Another downside of the Industrialized Farming Animal Production is that they have created an escalating range of detrimental environmental effects on local and regional water, air and soil resources (Carlin). “More than half, 54%, of all confined farm animals by weight are concentrated in just 5% of the country’s industrial animal production facilities” (HSUS 2008).
The majority of the environmental harm caused by these factory farms results from the high volume of waste that must be stored and disposed of while incessantly confining a large number of animals mostly indoors, “with some operations producing as much [waste] as an entire city” (HSUS 2008). The USDA Agricultural Research Services (ARS) estimated the manure output from farm animals
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Manure lagoons “can release high levels of hydrogen sulphide and other toxic gases, volatilize ammonium that greatly increases regional nitrogen deposition, and contaminate surface and ground waters with nutrients, toxins and pathogens” (Tillman 2013). This unsustainable use of freshwater for the production of feed, animal care, and slaughterhouses contribute to water scarcity and is steadily exhausting precious resources need by future generations (Burkholder et al., 2007; Walker et al., 2005).
(Because there is no requirement that factory farm manure be treated before it is applied, its disposal poses additional risks to public health. Also during the decomposition process, poisonous levels of gases are released, putting workers and nearby residents at risk of developing any number of severe and chronic illnesses (HSUS 2008) again adding to the negatives affects on human
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Petr Havlik, a co-author of the study, said “Our data can allow us to see more clearly where we can work with livestock keepers to improve animal diets so they can produce more protein with better feed while simultaneously reducing emissions” (Release

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