US EPA sweeps Iowa’s water crisis under the rug

photo: US Environmental Protection Agency sweeps Iowa’s water crisis under the rug

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has denied a Clean Water Act “de-delegation petition,” which has been under consideration for more than 11 years. Iowans and environmental advocates say that the Iowa Department of Natural Resources is neglecting its duties.

“EPA’s petition denial is a whitewashing of Iowa’s ongoing failure to regulate factory farms,” says Tarah Heinzen, Senior Staff Attorney at Food … [more…]

Factory Farms and Superstorms Don’t Mix

Factory Farms and Superstorms Don't Mix

Hurricane impacts in coastal areas are generally from high winds and dangerous storm surge. In inland areas, flooding from heavy rain poses a bigger threat, and the devastating flooding that hit the Houston area from Hurricane Harvey’s 51 inches of rain is proof.

It’s been reported that floodwater in some parts of the Houston area contained E. coli counts over 135 times higher than what is considered safe for swimming … [more…]

Meat industry blamed for largest-ever ‘dead zone’ in Gulf of Mexico

Meat industry blamed for largest-ever 'dead zone' in Gulf of Mexico

The global meat industry, already implicated in driving global warming and deforestation, has now been blamed for fueling what is expected to be the worst “dead zone” on record in the Gulf of Mexico. Toxins from manure and fertiliser pouring into waterways are exacerbating huge, harmful algal blooms that create oxygen-deprived stretches of the gulf, the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay, according to a new report by Mighty, an environmental

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Factory Farms & the Price of $4.99 Rotisserie Chicken

photo: Factory farms and the True Price of $4.99 Rotisserie Chicken

Forbes recently named Costco to its list of the top 10 Fortune 500 companies most loved by liberals. Maybe that’s because Costco CEO Craig Jelinek has championed important causes like a livable wage and company sponsored health benefits. The company’s starting pay is above the federal minimum wage —$13.00 per hour, and the average employee wage is $21 per hour. Nearly 88 percent of employees have company sponsored health benefits. … [more…]

Wisconsin Farm Group Admits Tainting Drinking Water, Keeps Failing Residents

What if your neighbor poured toxic chemicals into your drinking water but only agreed to pay for part of the cleanup? You probably wouldn’t be happy. Well, that’s exactly what’s happening in northeastern Wisconsin. A farm group, called Peninsula Pride Farms, recently admitted to being responsible for E. coli, a toxic bacteria, in drinking water. Yet, it’s only prepared to pay for part of the cleanup or provide bottled water

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