Because animals are so densely packed on today's industrial farms, they produce more manure than can be absorbed by the land as fertilizer. This excess manure emanates methane, and is the fastest-growing source of this greenhouse gas. It also generates manure run-off that travels into our nation's waterways, resulting in the 230 dead zones along the U.S. coast (up from 16 dead zones in the 1950s).
While the Obama administration, the EPA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are taking steps to address the threat of mounting manure from a rampant factory farming system, they are already being met with fierce resistance by big animal agribusiness.
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