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  • Manure from industrial agriculture is the primary source of nitrogen and phosphorus in waterways
  • Much of the nitrates devastating the Mississippi river are coming from Iowa, a state with well over 14,000 CAFOs
  • Iowa contributes an average of 29 percent of the nitrate load to the Mississippi-Atchafalaya Basin, 45 percent to the Upper Mississippi River Basin and 55 percent to the Missouri River Basin
  • While Iowa is one of 12 states that committed to a nutrient-reduction strategy to try to stop the nitrate-driven Gulf of Mexico dead zone from worsening, this can only occur if Iowa’s CAFO-driven nitrogen pollution is reduced

By Dr. Mercola

One of the litany of problems with industrialized agriculture, particularly concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), is the huge quantity of wastes produced and how it's managed. There's no easy way to deal with the staggering amounts of urine and manure produced by these facilities, which approach that produced by small cities, reaching over 335 million tons annually (and that's just for dry matter).


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