In a recent letter to Kewaunee Cares, six researchers from the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future wrote to express their concerns about some of the public health and environmental concerns associated with the generation and management of manure from intensive livestock operations.
Conclusion: For thousands of years, manure has been valued by farmers for its roles in building soil quality and increasing crop yields. Producing livestock such that they generate more manure than can be utilized by nearby cropland is not only a waste of this important resource, it is also a public health and environmental problem. A growing body of evidence has implicated the generation and management of manure from intensive livestock operations in the spread of infectious disease (including antibiotic-resistant strains), the introduction of microbial and chemical contaminants into ground and surface waters, impacts to air quality, and the wide range of adverse health, social, ecological and economic outcomes that result from these events.
Read the entire 12-page letter in the pdf file attached here: 2014-03-27 Manure from intensive livestock operations-1
Citizens File Challenge to DNR Permit for Ebert Dairy Enterprises — Expanding Factory Dairy in Kewaunee County Poses Risk to Health and Groundwater
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 12, 2014
A recent guest column in the Green Bay Press Gazette sheds light on some of the health risks from spreading liquid manure via the spray irrigation method. Please read the link below:
Read the entire letter at the link provided.
The Political Environment’s recent blog post references several media stories discussing the Kinnard expansion permit contested hearing set for Feb. 11-13 in Green Bay. Read more at: http://thepoliticalenvironment.blogspot.com/2014/02/dairy-expansions-groundwater-de.html
Here are links to several articles on rural air quality that you might find interesting.