Particulate emissions from poultry farms
Poultry farms release a lot of particulates into the air, which is harmful for people's health and the environment. So the government is having studies done into ways of cutting particulate emissions from poultry farms.
Research on livestock farms and particulates
Living near livestock farms can be bad for people’s health. This has been shown in studies by the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR).
Research on health risks to people living near livestock farms
The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment is studying health risks for people living near livestock farms.
These farms release particulates, endotoxins and micro-organisms in the environment. Substances like these may harm the health of people living nearby.
Municipalities can use the study results to take responsible decisions about whether or not to allow livestock farms near residential areas. Central government will set a national standard if necessary.
More pneumonia near poultry farms
Poultry farms release more particulates than other livestock farms. This makes people who live near poultry farms more vulnerable to pneumonia.
The European ban on battery cages has increased particulate emissions from poultry farms, because farmers have switched to more animal-friendly housing systems, like free range and poultry barns with litter.
Reducing particulate emissions
Central government is concerned about the study results. It is consulting the poultry industry about taking steps to cut particulate emissions.