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Manure Dumping: Waste as a political weapon, Lebanon, OH

November 8, 2016

Dumping of Manure Waste in Ohio 


Washington Post, AP: For those who think this election season can’t get crappier, we bring you to Warren County, Ohio, where a large truckload of manure was dumped in front of Warren County Democratic Party headquarters in Lebanon, about 35 miles northeast of Cincinnati. (on Saturday, October 29. 2016)

A sheriff’s deputy was the first to notice...

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Tracking Phosphorus signatures: Tie to upstream sources (OSU)

November 1, 2016

Early Stage Research

COLUMBUS (OHIO) Researchers at The Ohio State University are investigating new techniques to detect organic phosphorus compounds in water samples from the Lake Erie watershed. Their goal is to develop unique phosphorus signatures that can provide a clue to the origin of phosphorus found fueling harmful algal blooms (HABs).

Dr. Paula Mouser, assistant professor...

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Curb Lake Erie Algae? Target Hotspots (AP: 10/31/2016)

November 1, 2016

The algae bloom in parts of Lake Erie this summer didn't come close to matching the record-breaking one from a year ago that covered an area roughly the size of New York City.

That's because the spring and early summer months this year lacked the rainfall that has in recent years swept huge amounts phosphorus-filled farm...

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Stop Manure from Warming Planet: Feed Cows Seaweed

October 30, 2016

Talk about magic seaweed: A single type of red seaweed could cut greenhouse gas emissions, fight ocean acidification, remove invasive species, restore fisheries, and help coastal economies around the world. 

Researchers in Australia have discovered that the seaweed, Asparagopsis taxiformis, when mixed into livestock feed in small amounts, reduced methane emissions from sheep by up to 80...

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Farmers Dumping Flood of Milk, Wall Street Jrnl, C1

October 13, 2016

Farmers Dumping a Flood of Milk, Wall Street Journal, 10/13/16, page C1

"Farmers in the U.S. are pouring out tens of gallons of excess milk, amid a massive glut that has slashed prices and has filled warehouses with cheese.

More than 43 million gallons’ worth of milk were dumped in fields, manure lagoons or animal feed, or have been lost on truck routes...

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Big Food: Why did the Obamas Fail to take on Corporate Ag?

October 10, 2016

Excerpts from the Michael Pollan's essay, NY Times, 10/9/2016

This essay describes the 8 year failure of the Obamas to address the problems with the US food supply: 

  1. Subsidized monocultures of corn and soy
  2. Guzzling huge amounts of fossil fuel
  3. Emitted 1/3 of greenhouse gases
  4. Feedlot meat and processed foods of all kinds responsible for steep rise in health care costs: A substantial portion of what we spend...

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Wisconsin County proposes $12 Million to clean up sludge from manure waste in lakes

October 5, 2016

Suck the muck to protect Madison lakes - 10/5/16 Wisconsin State Journal

Miles of phosphorus-laden muck must be removed from streambeds that lead to Madison’s lakes. 

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi’s plan to vacuum the polluted sediment from the bottom of streams deserves support from the County Board and public. The sludge has built up over more than a century from...

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Factory Farm Summit – Demanding Accountability : Radio program, Green Bay, WI

September 16, 2016

Mike Nowak Show, Chicago's only locally-broadcast Environmental Radio Show interviewed ECCSCM members and other SRAP members about their participation in the
2016 Factory Farm Summit – Demanding Accountability in Animal Agriculture.

This broadcast on September 11, 2016, discusses the Summit, sponsored by SRAP in Green Bay, Wisconsin, on 9/10/16 & 9/11/16. The speakers discussed what CAFOs are, why they are referred...

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Vermont: Agriculture responsible for 40% of phosphorus in Lake Champlain

August 29, 2016

MyChamplainValley.com, Burlington, Vermont 8/29/16

At Machia & Sons Dairy farm in Sheldon, a centrifuge is removing nearly half of the phosphorus from the farm's manure and it's believed to be the only one of its kind in the Northeast. "The purpose of that is we're trying to get the phosphorus out of the watershed in this area so we can make Lake Champlain...

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US & Canadian Scientists: Cut Phosphorus to Reduce Algae Bloom > PHYS.ORG

August 18, 2016

It's the Phosphorus!

"Thirty seven long-term, whole-lake studies conducted in nine countries in Europe and North America showed that controlling a single element, phosphorus, reduced in lakes," says David Schindler, professor emeritus at the University of Alberta and the study's lead author. "Studies of controlling nitrogen, either alone or with phosphorus, showed no discernible effect on...

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