Meat Is Murdering American Rivers
Government data shows that food processing plants are the biggest toxic polluters of waterways in the U.S.
David Kirby has been a professional journalist for 25 years. His third book, Death at Seaworld, was published in 2012.
There is no question that industrial agriculture is polluting the nation’s waterways, but huge factory farms are not the only culprits: Food processing plants also dump millions of pounds oftoxic waste into rivers, lakes, and streams, according to an analysis released by Environment America, a national coalition of advocacy groups.
The report listed the top 15 water polluters in terms of volume but focused mostly on Tyson Foods, which processes 73 million pounds of beef, pork, and poultry every week.
“Tyson Foods Inc. and its subsidiaries dumped 104 million pounds of pollutants into waterways from 2010 to 2014,” the report said…
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