Fact Sheet

Animal Agriculture and Water Pollution

No central repository of livestock-related pollution problems exists, but federal agency studies, state water quality assessments and reports of pollution incidents all point to significant and growing threats to water resources from confinement agriculture. The increased risk of water pollution, says the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), is linked to “ever-growing numbers of livestock and poultry per farm and per acre.”

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