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Let Them Drink Milk! States Losing Drinking Water to Tortured Cows

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.

Mapping Factory Farms

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.

First-Ever Court Victory Holds CAFO Accountable for Water Pollution

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.

Our Heroes: Jake and Karen Fairbairn, Lazy Crazy Acres

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.

Eggnog

Of the many foods associated with the winter holidays, few are as tied to the season as eggnog. This article explores the origins and evolution of the decadent beverage.

Animal Welfare

Industrial livestock facilities compromise the health and welfare of the animals they confine. Find out what they do wrong - and what you can do about it.

The Meatrix

Learn the truth about industrial agriculture through our award-winning Meatrix movies!

Heritage Animal Breeds and Heirloom Crop Varieties

Traditionally, farmers throughout the world raised thousands of different animal breeds and plant varieties. Though industrial farms now rely on only a few types of livestock and crops, traditional heritage breeds and heirloom varieties are still used by sustainable farmers.

Sustainable Livestock Husbandry

Learn how sustainable farms raise healthy animals using practices that benefit the environment and bolster local economies.

Hormones

Industrial livestock producers administer hormones to beef cattle and dairy cows in order to promote rapid growth and increased milk production. Learn about the impacts.

Dairy

The United States dairy industry produces over 20 billion gallons of milk. This milk is pasteurized and sold, or transformed into cheese, butter, cream and ice cream for consumers in the U.S. and around the world. Many people believe dairy farms are characterized by an agrarian ideal of open grassy pastures, rolling hills, grazing cows and red barns. Unfortunately, today most of our milk is produced in large industrial facilities that hardly resemble that ideal vision.

Questions to Ask a Dairy Farmer

Asking questions is the best way to ensure that you're purchasing sustainably raised, healthy foods, and supporting sustainable farmers. Here are some questions to get you started.

rBGH

rBGH is a genetically engineered artificial hormone injected into dairy cows to increase milk production. Find out how this affects animal welfare and human health.

Industrial Livestock Production

Also known as factory farms, industrial livestock operations produce the majority of US meat, eggs, and dairy products. Find out why they're awful.

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