Meat has a greater impact on the environment than pretty much any other food we eat. As The Salt has reported, billions of cows, pigs, sheep and poultry we raise as livestock guzzle massive quantities of water and generate at least 10 percent of the total greenhouse gases attributed to human activity.

But scientists say we've been slow to acknowledge yet another side effect of our taste for meat: nitrogen pollution.

Nitrogen Levels High in Drought-Damaged Corn

Jul 17, 2012

State agriculture officials say farmers should take caution when turning their drought-damaged corn into silage.