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David Kirby, author of Animal Factory, The Looming Threat of Industrial Pig, Dairy, and Poultry Farms to Humans and the Environment, tells story after story in his book of factory farms discharging waste irresponsibly -- sometimes on purpose, and sometimes not. As Karen Hudson, whose story is told in the book, says, "Factory farms are dangerous to the environment; they are ticking time bombs of manure just waiting to be spilled into public waters."
The simple fact is that factory farms produce over 100 times more waste than all American humans produce combined. In the past, a pastured cow might disperse waste over an acre or more; how can farmers responsibly deal with the waste of 1,000, 5,000, or even 10,000 or more animals when they are crammed in tightly together?
The livestock industry is creating economic opportunity for agribusiness in Texas. Beef, dairy cattle, hogs and poultry manure, also known as feedlot biomass, can be put to practical use as a renewable energy source, with dry manure and liquid manure producing different types of energy. Manure can be used for gas, electricity and fuel for a boiler, or it can be burned directly for cooking or lighting.
The best approach to using animal wastes for power depends on the amount of moisture and non-biodegradable solid materials that are contained in the manure. Both methods solve a manure disposal problem while mitigating odors and negative environmental effects.
As Karen Hudson, whose story is told in the book, says, " [color=gold] Factory farms are dangerous to the environment; they are ticking time bombs of manure just waiting to be spilled into public waters."
Originally posted by jaydeePNW
It depends on were you live how badly people eat. Many people in the USA eat way to much red meat. I don't know about other countries. One guy I worked with spends $500USD a month just on red meat. That is more red meat than I eat in two years.
I totaly agree people should change their eating habits. I don't think vegitarian is the solution though. If everyone swtiched to all green then crops would quickly be wiped out. There should be a proper balance between red meat, fish, grain and veggies. Also people simply need to eat LESS! I can't believe how fat people are getting in my area. It is disturbing.