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The manurification of America

A perfect shitstorm: On some farms, animal manure can be a valuable asset, a way to improve the soil in the fields. But for today's massive factory farms — and, increasingly, the nation's air and waterways — manure is a huge liability, reports the Post's David A. Fahrenthold. Decomposing manure from factory...

Dairy runoff in our tap water

Big dairies, big problems: Reporter Charles Duhigg of the New York Times has been on the rampage these past few weeks with a series of great articles highlighting the need for better government regulation, oversight and enforcement of clean water laws. The latest installment covers the dairy industry in...

The price of cheap meat: Antibiotic resistance

The good, the bad, and the buggy: A useful primer on antibiotic resistance, with two pages of illustrations, explains how bacteria develop resistance and pays special attention to the spread of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) from hospitals into the community, development of resistance in...

Hi-Q Egg Products to Ohio EPA: F- you, dudes!

Hi-Q plays chicken with EPA: A 6 million-chicken egg farm proposed by Hi-Q Egg Products for Union County, Ohio, doesn't need to get a state water-pollution permit right away and might never need one, says the company. The EPA politely begs to disagree with Hi-Q's plan to spread 23.5 million gallons of...