Animal agriculture and pollution
As stewards of God’s creation, one of our responsibilities is to keep
our environment as healthy and clean as possible. Being obedient to
God’s will glorifies Him.
However, the exploitation of animals raised for food is causing not
only unimaginable misery for these animals, but also pollution that
sickens people and contaminates the environment. Concentrated animal
feeding operations (CAFOs) in the U.S. generate some 500
million tons of animal manure a year. That is three times more waste
than humans in the U.S. produce.
What is even worse, is that of the approx. 18,800 CAFOs in the U.S.,
only about 8,500 currently have permits. The Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) has proposed a new requirement, that CAFOs obtain permits
if animal waste from their facilities enters local bodies of water.
However, the great concern is that the proposal allows CAFOs to
define what constitutes a polluting discharge, and thus decide whether a
permit is even needed.
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