14 Apr '17, 10am

When (animal) waste really does equal (people) food

Wisconsin’s Kewaunee County is home to dozens of dairies, large and small. It’s also where several municipalities have found excess levels of phosphates and nitrates in their water supplies. Local activists, and some local officials, are pointing to the dairies as the likely source. The potential battle over this issue could well be economically and culturally fraught. Wisconsin license plates, after all, proudly note the state’s motto: America’s Dairyland. The issue in Kewaunee, and elsewhere, is manure. Manure is good. It’s a natural fertilizer, rich in nutrients, and helps close the loop in natural systems. Plant matter is eaten by livestock, and the animal waste helps grow the next season’s plants. Nutrients are kept in the system. It’s one reason why most farms once had both crops and livestock. That was then. With specialization in today’s agriculture sector, the cow...

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