Livestock farming polluted rivers 300 times in one year

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Livestock farms in England polluted rivers 300 times last year, causing 20 major indications, according to the latest government figures.

Yet only six farms were prosecuted in 2021, with the environment agency giving out warning letters instead.

The dairy industry mostly thanks to the waste its million of cows produce is the worst environmental offender, linked to half of all farm pollution. The government said the prosecution was a last resort for persistent offenders.

The national farmers union said all farmers took their environmental responsibilities seriously and that they were taking “voluntary action through industry-led initiatives to drive improvements that benefit the water environment.”.Much of the environmental threat to rivers from farming comes from cow waste called a story-a mix of manure and water that farmers store and spread as fertilizer.

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