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Factory Farms' Impact on MN's Water

 

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Welcome to the Breckenridge Chapter of the Izaak Walton League

 

Tuesday, October 24            7:30 p.m.

 

8816 West River Road, Brooklyn Park, MN

 

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As factory farms take over more and more of the nation’s livestock production, pollution from the waste produced by the immense crush of animals has become a major threat to the environment.  According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a dairy farm with 2,500 cows  can generate as much waste as the people in a city the size of Miami.  Unlike human waste, which usually receives sophisticated treatment, animal waste commonly goes untreated. Rather, it typically is held in underground pits or vast manure lagoons, and then spread on cropland as fertilizer.  From the fields, the manure which often contains hormones, pathogens, and toxic metals — can run off and contaminate streams, rivers, and wells.

 

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The chart above would look familiar to the people who attended our Think Again Brooklyns forum last month.  It shows a big increase in factory farms following the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1993, which provided government subsidies for industrial sized farms.  It made it impossible for millions of small Mexican farmers to earn enough to even cover their production costs and also drove hundreds of thousands of medium sized farms in the U.S. and Canada out of business.  This, however, is not the only result of factory farms.  High levels of pollution in Minnesota and Iowa rivers, lakes, and aquifers have followed.  Our speakers will suggest what steps we need to take to reduce the increased pollution.


Presenters

 
 sonja trom eayrsSonja Trom Eayrs - Ms. Sonja Eayrs, a family lawyer and citizen activist, will speak to us about factory farms in southern Minnesota and Iowa. In her words below, she outlines some of the concerns regarding water in our state. “It’s no surprise that half of the lakes and streams in southern Minnesota are too polluted for recreational activities (“So. Minn. water crisis rises,” April 30, 2015).

"My parents, lifelong farmers in Dodge County in southeastern Minnesota, have been battling the county and a feedlot operator this past year in response to the installation of the eleventh hog building within a three-mile radius of our family farm. This single factory farm sits on just six acres of non-homesteaded bare land that lies at the headwaters of the Cedar River. Just half a mile from the Trom family farm that has been in our family for nearly 100 years, it will produce manure equivalent to a human population of more than 7,000 people.”

 

              Chris Petersonchris peterson
               Long Time Iowa Hog Farmer
               Representative, Socially
              Responsible Agriculture Project
             Past President, Iowa Farmers Union
             Board Member, Iowa Center for
            Agriculture Health and Safety

 

 

Topics

 

Health, Food Quality, and Food Exports
Pollution, Manure Disposal, and Aquifer Pumping
Politics and Court Cases
Animal Abuse

 


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