Follow the link below to read an article on the “rising tide” of farm waste in Wisconsin due to industrial farming practices. An interesting excerpt:
The number of large permitted dairy farms in Wisconsin has grown rapidly in the past 15 years, from eight in 1995 to 154 by the end of 2009. Currently, the DNR has nearly 42 pending permit applications.
Chief among the requirements in those permits is the safe handling and disposal of manure, which is produced by the farms in amounts that are difficult to comprehend. One cow can produce as much waste as 18 people. Multiply that by 3,000 or 4,000 cows and you have farms that produce as much waste as some small cities produce in sewage.
For the full article click here.