February 27, 2009

Livestock producers required to reveal emissions.

A new regulation has gone into effect in the United States that requires livestock operations to report estimated emissions of ammonia and hydrogen sulfide to state and local authorities. This Environmental Protection Agency ruling resulted in part from the harmful effects to human health noted from these gases, which are emitted as a byproduct of certain livestock raising situations.

US Environmental Protection Agency, we are grateful for this measure to safeguard public health. Our prayers that all people soon turn to the meat-free diet for a safer and cleaner environment for all.

During the Climate Change International Conference on July 26, 2008 in California, USA Supreme Master Ching Hai spoke via videoconference about the dangerous health risks of gases emitted by the animal farming industry.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: Just the hydrogen sulfide alone can cause irritation of different body organs: eyes, nose, throat, bronchial constriction, spontaneous abortion, impaired bodily functions, headaches, dizziness, vomiting, coughing, difficult breathing, eye damage, shock, coma, and death, etc. If concentrated dose is high enough like, for example, 1,000 parts per million, ppm, then even one single inhalation, cause immediately breathing stop and collapse.

So there were some reports about animal farms in Minnesota which produce also hydrogen sulfide that causes people in the vicinity to vomit so much that they had to flee their own homes. And another incident in North Carolina, in which residents from 26 counties are forced to stay indoor as the air quality so was poor and filled with pollutant, including highly toxic gas, hydrogen sulfide, from animals. I’m sure these are not the single incidents concerning hydrogen sulfide produced by livestock raising.

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