31 Jul '13, 12am

Environmentalists Sue New York for Easing Dairy Farm Regulations

Environmentalists Sue New York for Easing Dairy Farm Regulations

The new policies, which were created to support the state’s rapidly expanding Greek yogurt industry, eased the waste management requirements for medium-sized dairy farms (200-299 cows). This allowed owners to meet the growing demand for yogurt by increasing the number of cows without having to upgrade facilities. However, a team of waste management expects hired by the environmental groups concluded that the resulting pollution is harmful to both ecosystems and human populations. As the president of the Waterkeeper Alliance stated “[f]actory farms are one of the greatest sources of water pollution in the country” and the policy changes in New York will only increase the polluted runoff that is absorbed into waterways.

Full article: http://www.ecorazzi.com/2013/07/30/environmentalists-sue-...

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