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.
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.
An interview with environmental photographer J. Henry Fair, who shoots industrial scars on the land from up high in a plane. Fair discusses his photography, voting and environmental responsibility and why which toilet paper you choose is important.
Righteous Porkchop: Finding a Life and Good Food Beyond Factory Farms is a thoughtful, and surprisingly lighthearted, memoir about a most serious topic: poop... and the animals that make it.
Industrial livestock operations generate a tremendous amount of air pollution - yet these facilities remain largely exempt from meaningful air quality regulation.
Learn how sustainable farms raise healthy animals using practices that benefit the environment and bolster local economies.
Industrial agriculture is among the leading sources of water pollution in the United States today.
From antibiotic resistance to arsenic contamination, learn how industrial agriculture threatens public health.
Where there are animals, there is animal waste, and as the growth of industrial farming concentrates thousands of animals on increasingly fewer farms, it produces massive amounts of animal waste on relatively small plots of land. When too much waste is produced in one place, there is no safe, cost-effective way to use it productively or dispose of it. While government regulation and better waste management practices can make a difference and should be encouraged for existing farms, the problem of livestock waste will continue as long as we rely on concentrated industrial farms to produce our food.
Also known as factory farms, industrial livestock operations produce the majority of US meat, eggs, and dairy products. Find out why they're awful.
Industrial livestock operations produce tremendous quantities of animal waste. Learn how this damages the environment and threatens public health.
Most food in the US is now produced on large-scale industrial crop and livestock operations. Learn how this differs from sustainable agriculture - and why it matters.
Learn about energy use in agriculture, and the impact of food production on climate change.
The Meatrix Interactive 360 is a great way to educate yourself, friends and family about factory farming. Roll over the objects on the farm and click them to get in-depth information about each subject.
Transcript of the Our Hero interview with J. Henry Fair.