recent article by staff writer David A. Fahrenthold published in the
leading US newspaper The Washington Post highlights the growing
environmental threat of manure from industrial-scale animal farming,
which he states presents a bigger problem than any other known
Originally touted as fertilizer for crops, the vast
quantities of livestock manure have increased to such proportions that
they now exceed practical use.
Meanwhile, manure is already
known to be a major cause of both groundwater pollution and atmospheric
warming, and is the fastest growing source of the greenhouse gas methane
in the United States.
Moreover, runoff from manure and other
crop fertilizers accounts for some 230 oxygen-depleted dead zones along
the US coast alone. We thank Mr. Fahrenthold and The Washington Post for
bringing this valued information to the attention of the public.
us quickly replace all environmentally harmful animal raising with
clean, humane plant-based fare to best serve people, animals and our
planet. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/28/AR2010022803978.html http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/features/green/2010/03/pick_your_water_poison_animal.html