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The Impact Of Meat And Dairy Production On Air Quality

From Switch4Good.org
March 2024


The processes involved in meat and dairy production play a significant role in environmental degradation and contribute to harmful air pollution.

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Anyone who has driven Interstate 5 through Californiaís San Joaquin Valley more than once knows to keep the car windows rolled up and the AC on recycled air as you pass Harris Ranch. Thatís because the palpable stench of manure from 100,000 head of cattle hangs so thick in the air that you can almost taste it. Therefore, itís no coincidence that the San Joaquin Valley is also home to the highest rate of childhood asthma in the United States.

While much attention has rightly been paid to the long-term consequences of fossil fuel use on air quality and its role in accelerating climate change, the processes involved in meat and dairy production play a significant role in environmental degradation and contribute to harmful air pollution.

The processes involved in meat and dairy production play a significant role in environmental degradation and contribute to harmful air pollution.

Reducing Meat and Dairy Consumption: Shifting towards plant-based diets or reducing meat and dairy consumption can significantly lower the environmental footprint associated with these industries. Plant-based proteins require fewer resources and emit fewer greenhouse gases compared to animal-based proteins.

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  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • Ammonia Emissions
  • Particulate Matter
  • The Solution
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