In which we talk to Karen Fairbairn, co-owner of Lazy Crazy Acres Farm & Creamery, about life as a dairy farmer as well as the challenges with organic certification, and her recommendation to add "American Farming" to public school curriculum. We're in.
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.
Since regulatory agencies are often unable and/or unwilling to provide this information, Food & Water Watch used the USDA's Census of Agriculture to calculate the number of mega-livestock facilities in each county, providing an outstanding visual representation of national and state distribution trends.
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.
Notes from "Meeting the Demand: Growing Markets for Sustainable Meat and Dairy Production," a conference organized by the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR). Lots of big ideas; lots of inspiring solutions.
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