A majority of meat and dairy products produced and sold in the United States come from large-scale facilities that pack animals into tight and constrained quarters often left in unsanitary conditions. If this isn’t enough to make your stomach squirm it gets better—all that animal waste produced from overcrowded living conditions? Well, an overwhelming amount ends up as runoff in local water systems.
With such massive overcrowding issues in these facilities, also known as concentrated animal feed operations (CAFOs), massive amounts of waste is produced and invariably ends up in cesspools and applied to fields. Leaks from these cesspools or runoff from the fields can lead to contamination in nearby water sources. In Indiana over half of the 92 counties contain at least one factory farm and with resources at the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) strained, risk of contamination is possible even in far-off cities.
Luckily, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is thinking about a new pollution policy that would preserve public water sources from waste runoff generated by CAFOs. The Pew Environmental Group is encouraging the public to send a letter to President Obama and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson asking them to proceed with this pollution policy.
Interested in taking action and sending a message to President Obama and Lisa Jackson asking them to take action against CAFOs? Click the following link to access a pre-written letter from the Pew Environment Group.