SUPPLY AND DEMANDS
Regarding water supply and availability, Sandra Postel, director of the Global Water Policy Project in Massachusetts, writes, "Many major rivers now run dry for large portions of the year, including the Yellow in China, The Indus in Pakistan, the Ganges in South Asia and the Colorado in the America Southwest. Worldwide, one in five acres (two hectares) is damaged by a buildup of salt that is slowly sapping the soil's fertility.
The number of people living in water-stressed countries is projected to climb from 470 million to three billion by 2025." as Postel points out, the pollution of the land through lack of adequate water is a huge problem and is compounded by the fact that much of the water that does percolate through the soil has a negative effect because of pollutants, rather than the cleansing effect one would imagine.
America Scientists published a twelve-page article titled "Impacts of industrial Animal Production on Rivers and Estuaries" that focuses on North Carolina, the second-largest hog production state in the United States and an area of complex environmental regions, including many coastal floodplains and watersheds.
These areas are where many of the CAOs, or concentrated animal operations, are located, and their effects and demands upon the local environment have been devastating. In 1997 the North Carolina General Assembly placed a two-year moratorium (recently extended for a third year) on the construction of new concentrated animal operations as a result of the pollution and waste-lagoon spills from these facilities.
Reference: Hydrosols The Next Aromatherapy : Suzanne Catty
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