Supplementary submission to the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee’s ‘Water Quality in Rivers’ inquiry looking at the impact of indoor intensive livestock (factory) farming

This supplementary submission to the Env. Audit Committee considers the scale and impact of intensive livestock (factory) farming in the United Kingdom, accompanied by the key questions of what happens to the animal sewage waste arising from these farms, is this animal sewage waste properly treated, and is it entering the the rivers and the sea? This is especially relevant when intensive indoor livestock farming (pigs, meat chickens, egg chickens and dairy cattle) is sustained by the use of antibiotics and some of these pharmaceuticals are now experiencing antimicrobial resistance (AMR) as a result. It is Marinet’s perception that there exists a clear risk to public health if this intensively reared animal livestock sewage is not being properly treated and disposed of safely.
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