There have been a lot of stories published lately that talk about how waste from CAFOS pollute our waterways, but what isn’t discussed as much in the media is that a large amount of pollution comes from how we grow row crops. Many people are familiar with the fact that a majority of water pollution currently comes from the meat industry. I was personally shocked to find out that most of this pollution comes from the way crops like soy and corn are farmed to feed livestock.
In Iowa, over 22 million acres of land are used to grow corn and soy. That’s over 60 percent of Iowa. That contributes significantly to the water pollution we have throughout the state and right here in Des Moines. I am a college student, and I am originally from St. Louis. I grew up swimming in rivers in state parks, it was second nature to me. I was very surprised to find that my friends who grew up in Des Moines and Iowa as a whole do not swim in rivers.We should have faith in our water supply, and we should be able to trust that it is safe to drink and use in any recreational way we please.
As the biggest meat producer in the country, Tyson Foods is most responsible for driving the practices the system uses but also has the ability to have a huge impact on the amount of pollution being put in our waterways. I urge Tyson to commit to using more sustainable methods because they have the power to shape the system for the better.