Agricultural Hormone Waste is the New #Water #Pollution

Posted: August 29, 2014 in Frackishima
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by @anarchyroll

When people think of water pollution, what comes to mind? Maybe visions of sewage run offs, industrial plants, oil spills, etc?

I was certainly surprised to learn that “industrial agriculture is among the leading causes of water pollution in the United States today.

Farms? Really? Must be corporate farms then right? Wrong. Only 4% of farms in the United States are corporate farms.

So the lonely people using need to get their shit together. Literally, manure stored in silos and lagoons spilling into streams, rivers, and other bodies of water during storms. But animal waste/byproduct isn’t half as bad as the hormones and antibiotics that are seeping into fresh water supplies.

That’s right, it’s not just hipsters who want grass-fed beef for their steaks and burgers. You see folks, farmers pump hormones and antibiotics either into the animals directly or into their food supply so they’ll grow faster and won’t get sick before they’re slaughtered. This means farmers can make more money by having a higher quantity of physically larger meat and poultry sources. This is why there are so many fast food places with cheap burgers and chicken sandwiches and why organic, grass-fed beef and poultry is more expensive. Animals fed grass are smaller and take longer to mature.

Now the vast majority of ‘Mericans don’t care about what their meat is fed before they eat it. They want more chicken nuggets and bigger burgers as cheap and as often as possible. How else can every fast food place have a dollar menu after all?

However, the hormones and antibiotics that are getting into the rivers and streams are starting to mutate the wildlife.

If the fish are getting mutated, what is happening/going to happen to human beings who come into contact with this water?

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