Your Choices Affect The Planet


The Truth About Pollution

Large industrial farms produce far more waste than can be recycled as fertilizer or absorbed on nearby land. The enormous amount of pollution generated from these large industrial farms can threaten the quality of the soil, water, air, biodiversity and ultimately public health. Massive quantities of animal waste are most often stored in waste “lagoons” or cesspools. These cesspools often stretch the length of several football fields. Factory farms skirt water pollution limits by spraying liquid manure from these cesspools into the air over fields, creating a mist that gets carried away by the wind. Runoff from factory farms and livestock grazing is one of the leading causes of pollution in our rivers and lakes. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, these factory farms are largely exempt from standard air and water pollution regulations.