Myth #2

Livestock operations will pollute my groundwater (water quality)
  • Opponents say “A large scale livestock operation will make my water undrinkable.”
  • In truth, livestock operations have developed many ways to control livestock manure, seepage, and spills.  Actually, most manure from livestock facilities is used to put nutrients into the land and replaces commercial fertilizer.  Animal manure is important in maintaining water and mineral cycles on native rangeland. 


Did you know that most human waste is immediately placed in waterborne sewage systems?


Myths and Facts on Livestock Expansion Illinois

Myth #1
Livestock odors will cause asthma in my children (air quality)

Myth #2
Livestock operations will pollute my groundwater (water quality)

Myth #3
Antibiotic resistance is a result of modern livestock production.

Myth #4
Facilities don’t have established procedures or plans to avoid or handle spills, runoff, etc.

Myth #5
Use of manure in pivot irrigation spews the smell everywhere.

Myth #6
Toxic chemicals are emitted from livestock facilities. 

Myth #7
My property value will decrease if a livestock operation locates next to or near my property. 

Myth #8
Our local roads can’t handle the weight of the heavier trucks that livestock operations require.

Myth #9
Livestock operations dispose of dead animals in unsanitary ways.

Myth #10
Livestock operations raise animals in harmful and inhumane ways.