Lax Regulations On CAFOs

Both the feed-growing and livestock operations can be significant polluters of the local and greater environment. Fertiliser run-off is a serious problem polluting many small water ways, large rivers and now even a large part of the Bay of Mexico. Pesticides can be highly dangerous and virtually impossible to apply without affecting the wider environment. Animal wastes can be a significant danger due to the large number of pathogens they can contain. Often environmental restrictions on modern concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) are lax or less restrictive than those that apply to other industries. For example, animal waste can often be discharged straight into the environment while human waste is required to undergo significant processing before discharge.

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