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Report: The Waste of Rural New York State: Factory Farms and Public Health

Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) are large animal-product facilities that confine hundreds, and sometimes thousands of cattle, dairy cows or pigs, or tens of thousands – and sometimes hundreds of thousands – of chickens or turkeys, in enormous buildings or feedlots…

To dispose of their waste, dairy CAFOs often store liquid manure in football field sized lagoons, to be spread later on nearby fields.  As a consequence of CAFO operations, we have documented contaminated drinking water supplies and water bodies, fish kills, and neighbors suffering from exposure to toxic gases across NYS.  This report discusses how CAFOs: 

  • Endanger our health
  • Drive out responsible family farmers
  • Pollute our air
  • Pollute our water
Monday, July 2, 2012
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