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Factory farming is not only killing us by producing meat products contaminated with antibiotics and chemicals, but also through its extensive pollution of our soil and groundwater.The National Water Quality Inventory reported agricultural water run-off, which included untreated animal waste, chemicals, pesticides and fertilizers, was the number one contaminant of rivers and streams, and the second cause of disease in lakes, ponds and reservoirs.  http://www.foodispower.org/pollution-water-air-chemicals/Most large factory farms have no provisions for the millions of tons of manure passed by the animals being prepared for slaughter in cramped, inhumane facilities.  Many of these facilities dump untreated manure into football-field sized earth cesspits called “lagoons.”  When these pits overflow or rupture, the land is contaminated with harmful bacteria that seep into our groundwater, contaminating miles of land with bacteria filled feces.  Violent storm, like Hurricane Floyd in 1999, caused extensive flooding and widespread contamination. A study by North Carolina State University reported as many as 55% of these highly toxic lagoons leak. http://www.sustainabletable.org/906/waste-managementBefore the pits can overflow, farmers will often spray fields growing feed for the animals with this “fertilizer” which is nothing more than bacteria filled waste.  Spread through the air, the feces contaminate everything in its path and sicken the inhabitants of nearby lower-income rural residential areas.Currently, over 40% of American water is not fit for drinking, fishing or bathing due to water and chemical runoff from these farms.  In the Southern U.S., nearly 1/3 of wells are contaminated with nitrates, a by-product of chicken manure known to cause cancer in adults and fatalities among children.   https://www.ewg.org/research/case-study-iowa-cities-struggle-keep-farm-pollution-out-tap-water#.WleOyainHIUAccording to the US Environmental Protection Agency, as of 2007, animal excrement from factory farms had contaminated groundwater in 17 states and polluted 35,000 miles of rivers in 22 states.  http://www.foodispower.org/pollution-water-air-chemicals/  Both California and North Carolina have had serious water contamination issues resulting in killing millions of fish and leaving contaminated water that would affect us for decades to come, even if all factory farming were to end today.Without further regulations passed and enforced by the EPA, factory farming is continuing to grow, with some expectation that it may double by the year 2050.  The increased demand is due to the expected growth in population, and the increased worldwide popularity of the extremely unhealthy westernized diet.  As some biologists predict we may run out of edible fish by 2048 unless drastic measures are taken, unless we do something to protect our soil and water, we may become a civilization starved by our own indifference and greed.  https://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2006/11/061102-seafood-threat.htmlMaria Dampman