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Poultry Industry Pollution

In the state of Maryland, the poultry industry produces 650 million pounds of chicken manure every year and this has sparked a fierce debate between environmentalists and them. Gerald W. Winegrad, a public policy professor at the University of Maryland and former state senator said, “We don’t let hog or dairy farms spread their waste unregulated, and we wouldn’t let a town of 25,000 people dump human manure untreated on open lands,” ... “So why should we allow a farm with 150,000 chickens do it?”. This manure has already contaminated the Chesapeake bay and as the phosphorous and nitrogen levels in the bay have grown, so have the algae that deplete oxygen needed by other aquatic life, which has led to a crab population fall of 70 percent.

To read the full article please search online for: In Maryland, focus on poultry industry pollution

The manure produces by animal agriculture goes largely unregulated and is creating havoc in God's Creation, damaging our flora, fauna and many essential resources such as water and air. By adopting a plant-based diet we help reduce the number of birds raised for food, and therefore, reduce the pollution produced by their manure.

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