Farming livestock has gone through significant changes over the last thirty years. We have fewer farms but an increase in production. More than 50% of livestock raised in the US are concentrated on 5% of Factory farming. This factory farming affects consumers, farmers, businesses and communities. Factory Farming has become a huge industry using concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFO). This term was created by the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA has concerns about these CAFO as having a potential pollution profile. An example of a large CAFO is said to be 1000 or more cattle raised in a confined area with no vegetation. The air quality can be a serious problem for the livestock, workers, consumers, and the surrounding communities.
Waste from the factory farming can become a dangerous health hazard if not handled properly. Raw manure can contain up to 100 million fecal coliform bacteria per gram. The odor, air pollution, soil and ground water can affect the health and well-being of everyone either directly or indirectly.
Cattle can carry pathogens that affect humans such as Anthrax, Botulism toxin, Bovine Spongiform, Encephalopathy, Brucellosis, Coccidiodomycosis, Meliodosis, Q fever, Rift Valley Fever, Tularemia, and Vesicular stomatitus virus. All of these malignant microbes can be carried through the air. In addition to these bacteria and viruses, there are toxic gases from animal waste such as ammonia, and hydrogen sulfide. With factory farming animals can pass illnesses rapidly throughout entire herds in a very short period of time.
Many facilities spray liquefied manure in fields surrounding the feed lots to help dispose of waste from the animals. The spraying causes dust particles to be airborne and these particles can be filled with bacteria and viruses and inhaled deep into the lungs of humans and other animals nearby. The off gassing of ammonia from the animal waste can stop the lungs from clearing the dust particles and the off gassing of hydrogen sulfide can prevent oxygen from being used in cells and result in unconsciousness, coma or even death. Even at lower levels hydrogen sulfide has been known to cause fatigue, short term memory loss, permanent nervous system impairment, tension, anger, depression and confusion.
Air purification, filtration and ventilation in the enclosed livestock areas, offices, and homes in the surrounding communities can significantly reduce malignant microbes and insure better health of workers, livestock and the citizens that live nearby.
The recognized technology that destroys malignant microbes is photocatalytic oxidation. Zandair™ products use this technology in their air purification systems. Zandair™ products can help you significantly reduce indoor malignant microbes and insure better health and safety for your employees, livestock and consumers. Contact a distributor near you for more information on how Zandair™ can help you improve the air you breathe.