According to the New York Times, the E.P.A.’s own studies “have shown that agricultural runoff is the leading cause of impaired water quality. The amount of manure produced by factory farms is staggering. The agency estimates that those operations create between 500 million and 1 billion tons of manure, three times as much waste as humans produce in the United States.”
You would think an agency that is supposed to monitor industrial pollution would do something about it, but despite continual evidence that laws are being ignored or broken, agencies like the EPA apparently feel that factory farm operators can police themselves, so are leaving them alone and letting the public live with the consequences.
What can we do to protect ourselves? Unfortunately, not much. But we can at least make a difference by not eating animal products that come from factory farms. Either give up eating animals, or if you must, buy from only certified humane producers who follow traditional farming methods.