The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wants to know if it should continue to place a high priority on forcing factory farms to comply with the Clean Water Act. Or should it focus on something else in 2014-2016? Let’s see . . . animals raised on factory farms generate more than 100 times more waste than humans. Yet unlike human waste, raw animal waste isn’t treated in sewage systems. Even though it’s contaminated with antibiotics, growth hormones and disease-carrying pathogens and bacteria. Even though it causes dangerously high levels of nitrates in drinking water, a problem known to kill infants.
Animal waste from factory farms, or Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), is poisoning our drinking water and killing our lakes, rivers, streams – even the Gulf of Mexico. Yet thanks to the factory farm industry lobbyists, little is being done to stop them. The only tool in the toolbox is the loophole-riddled Clean Water Act. It ain’t great, but it’s all we’ve got. So . . . let’s let the EPA know we’re all for cracking down on factory farm pollution. High priority? Yes!