Poultry Breeding Pollution Underestimated09 January 2013
CHINA - Latest figures reveal that the chemical oxygen demand (COD) and ammonia emissions of China's livestock and poultry breeding in 2010 accounts for 45 per cent and 25 per cent of national total emissions respectively.
The statistics were recently released by China's Ministry of Environment Protection and Ministry of Agriculture.
The COD and ammonia emissions of livestock and poultry breeding reached about 11,840,000 tons and 65,000 tons respectively, accounting for 95 per cent and 79 per cent of agriculture pollutant resources respectively.
For a long time, industrial pollution has been considered to be the main cause of the nation's pollution. Census in the past couple of years found that nearly half of the pollution came from agricultural non-point source pollution. Livestock and poultry breeding was regarded as the main source of pollution by circles of environment science, but without official statistics.
The lag in prevention has led to increasingly serious pollution, according to China Environment News reports. Pollution due to livestock and poultry breeding has become one of the the most important factors leading to pollution.
According to plan, as of the year of 2015, the COD and ammonia emissions should be reduced by at least 8 per cent and 10 per cent respectively compared with that of 2010, according the report.