2.4. Agricultural Waste

Agricultural waste is generally produced by various agricultural operations such as manure (poultry houses and slaughterhouses) and other wastes from farms (harvest waste, fertilizer run- off from fields, pesticides that enter into water, air or soils, and salt and silt drained from fields. According to Conserve Energy Future, agricultural pollution is a primary source of pollution in water and lakes, as chemicals and toxins make their way into groundwater upon settling at the bottoms of these large water bodies. The accumulation of these substances ultimately leads to health issues such as blue baby syndrome and neurological ailments. Agricultural waste can also negatively affect aquatic animals and plants because fertilizers, manure, ammonia and waste make their way into local environments and disrupt ecosystem processes.