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The Environmental Impact of Meat
(Released January 2012)

  by Ethan Goffman  


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  1. Signs protesting manure dumping from factory farms have sprouted in front yards like this one in Centerville, Wisconsin.
    Benny Sieu/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel/MCT

  2. Dick Trumbull fly fishes on a stretch of the Illinois River south of Kansas, Oklahoma. Trumbull laments that poultry farm pollution has transformed his cold water fishing haven in to an "Oklahoma slough."
    E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune/KRT

  3. Shrimp bycatch
    National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
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Charts and Tables
  1. Figure 1. A flow diagram for farm production of pig meat. BAU is a "business as usual" scenario, and ENV is a scenario with an environmental focus.

    Environmental Assessment of Plant Protection Strategies Using Scenarios for Pig Feed Production
    Cederberg, Christel; Wivstad, Maria; Bergkvist, Peter; Mattsson, Berit; Ivarsson, Kjell. Ambio 34. 4/5 (Jun 2005): 408-13.
  2. Figure 2. The Agricultural Nitrogen Cycle (as a Consequence of Regional and Global Trade)

    Agriculture and the Developing World: Intensive Animal Production, a Growing Environmental Problem
    Manale, Andrew. Georgetown International Environmental Law Review 19. 4 (Summer 2007): 809-816.
  3. Figure 1. (a) Historical mercury production and consumption. Consumption has exceeded production since about 1990, with demand met by large supplies from government stockpiles and closed chlor-alkall plants, plus contributions from recycling (7). (b) Mercury and gold prices in the United States from 1900 to 2005, adjusted to constant 2005 US dollars (USD). The correlation between gold and mercury prices begins after 1971 with the breakdown of a fixed exchange rate system (7-9).

    Socioeconomic Consequences of Mercury Use and Pollution
    Swain, Edward B; Jakus, Paul M; Rice, Glenn; Lupi, Frank; et al. Ambio 36. 1 (Feb 2007): 45-61.
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  1. Kelley J. Donham
    Deputy Director, Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health (GPCAH), University of Iowa, 1997 - Current
    Occupational and environmental hazards in agriculture; Veterinary environmental health; Effects of livestock environment on human and animal health; Comparative aspects of neoplastic and infectious diseases; Environmental carcinogens; Infectious diseases common to animals and man; Delivery of occupational health services to agricultural communities

  2. Mike Kleeman
    Professor, Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry, University of California, Davis
    Air Pollution and Health – Characterization and source apportionment of airborne particles in fine and ultrafine size fractions. Transportation – Measurement of particle size and composition in tailpipe emissions. Urban and Regional Smog – Source-oriented airshed modeling for California and the eastern U.S. Visibility Degradation – Source contributions to visibility reduction in California. Agricultural Emissions – Ozone formation potential of agricultural emissions sources including dairy cows. Global Climate Change – Impact of climate change on air pollution including feedbacks on local meteorology.

  3. Thomas H. Harter
    Associate Specialist, Groundwater Hydrology Cooperative Extension, Environmental Sciences, College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, University of California, Davis, 1995 - Current
    Research Interests: Flow and transport processes in ground water and in the vadose zone; stochastic analysis of such processes in heterogeneous porous systems; numerical modeling; assessment and remediation of ground water contamination; nonpoint source pollution of ground water; geostatistics.

    His research focuses on nonpoint-source pollution of groundwater, groundwater resources evaluation under uncertainty, groundwater modeling, and contaminant transport. Dr. Harter's research group has done extensive modeling, laboratory, and field work to evaluate the impacts of agriculture and human activity on groundwater flow and contaminant transport in complex aquifer and soil systems.

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