Factory Farming, CAFO's and the Environment
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The Environmental Protection Agency says America's pigs, cattle, poultry and other livestock create three times more waste than the nation's entire human population. The Department of Agriculture says that "factory farms" routinely produce more than is needed for fertilizer. So where does it go? Is the EPA doing enough to find out if it's polluting streams and groundwater? Also, boosted momentum for an immigration bill, and a "gay conversion" leader says he was all wrong.
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Boosted Momentum for Immigration Bill ()
After yesterday's agreement to beef up border security and evidence of potential deficit reduction, it looks as if the latest immigration reform package might get 70 votes in the Senate. Even Bill O'Reilly finally says it's OK. Will that be enough for Congress? Fawn Johnson reports for the Washington Post.
Is 'Factory Farming' a Danger to Public Health? ()
Twenty-five hundred cows produce as much waste as a city the size of Miami; many new, so-called "factory" farms are larger than that. Factory farms, officially called Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations or CAFO's, are on the rise, with thousands of cattle, pigs and poultry all in the same space, producing millions of gallons of waste. But the waste from animals is not regulated like human waste, and there's widespread concern that it's polluting water supplies in many places. Now the EPA is under fire for failing even to gather enough information to find out how big the problem might be.
- Scott Edwards: Food and Water Watch, @foodandwater
- Michael Formica: National Pork Producers Council, @MichaelCFormica
- Lynn Utesch: cattle farmer
- John Pagel: Pagel's Ponderosa Dairy
Exodus International Apologizes for Trying to Convert Gays ()
From its start in California 37 years ago, Exodus International built 260 Christian ministries based on the idea that homosexuality could be "cured." Now, its leader says he was wrong, and Exodus International is closing down. Last night on the Oprah Winfrey Network, Alan Chambers read from an open letter to the LGBT community and apologized for the "gay conversion therapy" practiced by Exodus International.
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