geography of dairy farming

class questions - dairy industry

environmental impacts

air pollution


cows produce methane and nitrous oxide in their digestive systems, which is very harmful to the environment and is 21 and 296 times stronger than carbon dioxide.




water and land pollution


one cow produces 56kg of wet manure a day. this wet manure pollutes local water ways and can throw out the natural balance of the soil nutrition.



water use


the dairy industry uses mass amounts of water and in 2005 was responsible for using 19% of water needed for the agricultural industry.



deforestation


in order for a dairy farm to be created deforestation must occur to clear the land.



soil degradation





animal welfare

social impacts of dairy farming