Latest National CAFO News
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...Read More
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...Read More
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — 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...Read More
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...Read More
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:
- Subsidized monocultures of corn and soy
- Guzzling huge amounts of fossil fuel
- Emitted 1/3 of greenhouse gases
- Feedlot meat and processed foods of all kinds responsible for steep rise in health care costs: A substantial portion of what we spend... Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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 algal blooms 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...Read More