By Dr. Mercola
Drinking pure water every day is a key component of optimal health, yet more than one billion people on Earth do not have access to safe, clean drinking water.
Not only is much of the water for the one billion contaminated with infectious organisms, but more than likely the vast majority of the planet has toxins in their municipal drinking water.
Two of the primary water polluters are large-scale monocrop farms and confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs). According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),1 US states with high concentrations of CAFOs report 20 to 30 serious water quality problems each year.
These operations are also depleting aquifers of valuable drinking water. Agriculture actually uses 70 percent of the world’s fresh water.
Lawsuits Against CAFOs Highlight Growing Pollution Problem
In Iowa, factory farms are accused of polluting two rivers that supply drinking water to the city of Des Moines.2 High levels of nitrates have been detected in the water, which is both difficult and costly to remove.
The health hazards of nitrates include blue baby syndrome, cancer, autoimmune diseases, reproductive problems, and more.
In Lower Yakima Valley, the Community Association for Restoration of the Environment (CARE) and Center for Food Safety (CFS) recently won a summary judgment3 against four CAFO dairies accused of unlawful water pollution4 after a 2012 report5 showed 20 percent of the wells tested in the area had nitrate levels above federal drinking water standards.
Unfortunately, the toxic waste created by factory farms cannot be completely contained or eliminated, no matter what you do. It has to go somewhere, even if it doesn’t go directly into a valuable water source.
The long-term solution is to change our commercial farming practices to root out toxic chemicals and soil additives, and to grow crops in such a way that the
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