Write 5 pages with APA style on Agricultural Waste System as an Effective Means to Regulate Environmental Pollution from Animal Waste. The first of the negative effects is the negative confinement of the animals on the farm, which leads to the occurrence of disease and death of the animal populations as well as the consequent increased production of animal wastes and chemicals. Based on the Humane Society of the United States, this is the trend nowadays in animal farms. The space allotted for each animal is getting smaller and smaller, and the same thing goes true in around 450,000 animal farms in the country (An HSUS Report). Although the immediate result of this practice is disease and death of the animals, by-products would naturally include animal wastes and industrial chemical residues that consequently threaten the environment.
Secondly, animal waste products pollute the air and the water which is meant for human and animal consumption. With around 500 million tons of animal manure produced from 450,000 animal feeding operations or AFOs, it is indeed basically inevitable that the air and water near animal farms but meant for human consumption will become almost completely polluted (An HSUS Report). Although it is human health that air and water pollution harms in the long run, such types of pollution are also detrimental to the environment.
Thirdly, animal wastes that reach the freshwater areas result in the deaths of more and more aquatic animals. According to 2008 data from the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, the current 52% excess phosphorus and 64% excess nitrogen contribute to such deaths (An HSUS Report). Although it is the death of aquatic animals that the phosphorus and the nitrogen residues naturally bring about, the existence of these chemicals, as well as other residues, are actually significant factors in environmental pollution.
Fourthly and most importantly, due to the greenhouse gases like nitrous oxide, carbon dioxide and methane from industrialized animal farms, the greenhouse effect is naturally expected to worsen.