Environmentalists worry over Spain’s growing pig population
The growing pig population in Spain has exceeded the number of the country’s human population, something that worries environmentalists.
A LIVEKINDLY report pointed out that some experts have recently raised the issue on how the livestock industry is now one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) in Spain.
“Environmentalists also warn that nitrates emitted by the animals’ waste are beginning to contaminate the country’s groundwater,” the report said.
To be exact, industrial hog farming must be sustained by large quantities of water, with each pig normally consuming 15 liters of water daily.
Right now, despite the frequent drought in Spain, the number of pigs in the country already grew to 50 million, while its total human population only stood around 3.5 million.