A conflict in New Mexico is shaping up as a pitched battle between industrial dairy's desire to avoid regulation and the public's right to clean, safe drinking water. According to the state environment department, at least two-thirds of the groundwater underneath or adjacent to New Mexico's dairy CAFOs (concentrated animal feeding operations) has been poisoned by nitrates.
When prompted to consider water pollution, most people envision classic point sources; the corroded factory pipe, the municipal waste treatment plant, the oil behemoth's offshore well. But when I don my Water Pollution Contemplation Cap, I inevitably envision industrial livestock facilities.
Those of us at EcoCentric are excited to write about this year’s topic - water - because it’s one of our main issues. The blogging started on Tuesday and continued all week.
Are new developments in the decades-long cold war over the average water footprint of beef worth revisiting or does the grudge match remain?
In a precedent-setting decision, a federal district court judge in Washington State ordered a CAFO (aka, a "factory farm") to monitor groundwater, drainage and soil for illegal pollution resulting from its inadequate manure management practices in violation of the Clean Water Act.
California's Central Valley and New York's Suffolk County have the shared problem of nitrate contaminated drinking water as shown in two separate studies. The question is, how long can this pollution be tolerated?
The Water Bill of Rights is a declaration that all Americans deserve access to safe, clean drinking water.
GRACE supports Last Call at the Oasis, the powerful water documentary that illustrates our collective dependence on water and the challenges we face in protecting it.
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Freshwater is literally the lifeblood of agriculture. Learn why water is important to agriculture and how agriculture can impact water.
It turns out the monumental merger between two giant pork producers, Smithfield and Shaunghui (now WH Group), was a foregone conclusion. One big question lingers: Was the deal a trade of water for waste? The first of three posts about the possible limits to global meat production.
There are a whole lot of resources that go into the meat you eat, many of which are not obvious or accounted for. Find out why meat production is so resource-intensive. The second of three posts about possible limits to global meat production.
Around the globe populations are growing, prosperity is rising and people are increasingly hungry for meat. Does the planet have enough resources to go around? The final of three posts about possible limits to global meat production.
Chip's viral exploding-cow video earns him a seat on The Morning Show, so Buck Marshall sends his daughter Sophia to stand up for Animoil. Chip tries to rally the public to request Senate hearings on PetroPellet safety - will he succeed? Here's our recap of Farmed and Dangerous: Episode 2.
The toxic algae bloom in Lake Erie that forced Toledo, Ohio authorities to cut drinking water to 400,000 people has subsided, but a major cause of pollution - agricultural runoff - has not. The USDA has taken note and is providing funding and technical support to help farmers reduce pollution.
Here's a common question: "Does pasture-raised beef have a low water footprint compared to industrial beef?" The answer: All beef has a high water footprint, but the sustainability of pasture-raised makes it a better choice.