Pollution kills thousands of people in the USA

Researchers claimed that pollution caused by livestock activities in the United States killed about 18,000 people a year.

According to the news in The Hill newspaper, researchers from the USA revealed that animal husbandry activities in the country decreased the air quality and caused the death of approximately 18 thousand people annually.

According to the study, it was stated that pollution caused by livestock activities in the USA caused most deaths in California, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and the western part of the Corn Belt region famous for corn cultivation.

Within the scope of the study, it was reported that measures to change the animal feed and fertilizer practices used could prevent about 8 thousand deaths per year. The researchers called for a review of livestock waste management and fertilizer practices.

It was stated that interventions to producer activities could prevent approximately 3,600 deaths annually in states where death rates due to pollution are high.

The researchers specifically suggested interventions to reduce meat consumption. On the other hand, it was noted that the consumption of white meat instead of red meat could prevent more than 6 thousand deaths a year.

In addition, the researchers emphasized that meat production is the main source of greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming.

The research has been published in the journal “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences”.