Even drinking water for people who live in those regions becomes contaminated with nitrates. And the U.S. is the largest producer of chicken and beef in the world, and the third largest producer of pork, so the strain isn't expected to let up any time soon.
"As demand for meat grows, America’s last native grassland prairies are being destroyed," the report reads. "While there has been significant research into the vast environmental and public health impacts of the meat industry, there has been little exploration of who exactly is responsible. This investigation attempts to fill that gap by shedding light on the industries and specific companies driving meat’s environmental impact in America."