21 Apr '17, 3pm

Cows Destined To Be Killed Are Facing “A Pretty Big Problem” – Wait. What? https://t.co/ZM714zMoPt

. Around 18 months into their short lives, they are deemed unproductive and loaded on to a lorry destined for the slaughterhouse. Quartz, however, would have you believe that the problem facing dairy cows isn’t that they’re killed at all; it’s that they’re killed prematurely. In an article published on January 11th , our old friend Chase Purdy tells us that half a million Dutch dairy cows have “a pretty big problem.” Farmers use cow manure as fertiliser on farmland, but due so much phosphate-rich manure being spread, the phosphates are seeping through and contaminating the groundwater. Subsequently, one of proposed solutions is to ‘thin the herd’ with a mass cull constituting about a third of the dairy cow population in the Netherlands. Dairy farmers are complaining that they feel “blindsided,” and that a better solution would be to have their feed companies amend the leve...

Full article: http://www.ecorazzi.com/2017/01/13/cows-destined-to-be-ki...

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