A new study from the University of Minnesota may raise some eyebrows in farm country. This research claims poor air quality due to U.S. farm production results in an estimated 16,000 deaths each year. Eighty percent of those deaths are being attributed to animal production. Researchers argue fine particulate matter increases with typical farming practices, like tillage and fertilizer applications. The study says that increases the risk of heart disease, cancer and stroke. This work has been published by the National Academy of Sciences.
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