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Animal Waste From Factory Farms Poses Risk to Public Health and Destroys Waterways

Concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) — gigantic factory farms that hold many thousands of animals in a warehouse-style setting — are an environmental disaster in more ways than one, and when hurricanes hit, this fact becomes acutely obvious when animal waste, collected in massive “lagoons,” overflow, contaminating both land, water and residential homes.  Even under the best circumstances, the lagoons may leak, seeping millions of gallons of waste a year into neighboring soil and groundwater.  Add in a formidable force like a hurricane and the potential for leakage, overflow and runoff is virtually guaranteed.  Read more...



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