Browsing the "CAFO" Tag

Big Ag Subverts Regulatory Process with Threat of Litigation: EPA Drops Proposed CAFO Waste Reporting Rule

July 20th, 2012 | by Tanya Sitton

Last week the EPA withdrew a proposed rule that would have required CAFOs to actually disclose information about how they dispose of toxic waste, for the purpose of regulation ensuring compliance with the Clean Water Act. The proposed rule would have required CAFOs to report their basic waste management practices to the EPA. But industry interests threatened litigation -- so never mind! Once again the EPA fails to protect anyone but Big Ag interests, continuing its bid for a solid 'F' in environmental and consumer protection


Green Economy: Sustainable Agriculture Includes All of Us

February 11th, 2012 | by Jessi Stafford

The current food production system is an extremely resource intensive one, where millions of animals are slaughtered to keep up the high demand of cheap meat. The industry is a slave to this demand, relying on traditional economies of scale and forgoing proper oversight. This results in meat contamination, manure runoff and inhumane slaughter, not to mention environmental destruction


A Brief Discussion of Exploding ‘Manure Foam’

February 10th, 2012 | by Jessi Stafford

Midwestern hog farmers have been experience problems with exploding manure pits for a few years now, according to the Minnesota Daily. Basically, foam began to build on top of manure pits. This foam supposedly traps methane gas, and if a spark nears it, the pit explodes, taking barns and pigs with it


Farm Boy to Vegetarian: Confessions of a Modern Hypocrite

December 15th, 2011 | by Guest Contributor

Growing up on a small farm taught me a thing or two about meat. The cattle, pigs and chickens on my family's farm really did enjoy lives close to the ones featured in today's slick advertising. Right up until my dad's axe came down on the chicken's scrawny necks or the butcher drove up and put a bullet between Bessie's eyes.


The Anatomy of a Genetically Modified Turkey [Infographic]

November 20th, 2011 | by Becky Striepe

The folks at Ethical Ocean shared an infographic with us breaking down the trouble with typical Thanksgiving turkeys. If you haven't made it to the store yet, there's still time to vote against these practices with your pocketbook! It's a little bit hard to read at this size, but you can click on the photo to view a full-sized image that's much easier on the eyes



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