How Do CAFO's Impact the Environment?
(United States Environmental Protection Agency)
- Excess nutrients in water (such as nitrogen and phosphorus)
- contributes to low levels of dissolved oxygen (fish kills)
- decomposing organic matter that can contribute to toxic algal blooms
- Degrade water resources
- contributes to illness by exposing people to wastes and pathogens in their drinking water.
- Dust and odors can contribute to respiratory problems in workers and nearby residents.
Livestock and the Environment
(Minnesota Pollution Control Agency)
- Indicates that Minnesota has approximately 18,000 feedlots in operation according to the 2010-2014 registration
- Estimates that the amount of manure generated by the livestock would be equivalent to that of a human population of 50 million.
*Pursuant to the 7020 rules issued by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, all feedlots in excess of 300 animal units must provide a manure management plan to Dodge County at the time of the application.