In a precedent-setting decision, a federal district court judge in Washington State ordered a CAFO (aka, a "factory farm") to monitor groundwater, drainage and soil for illegal pollution resulting from its inadequate manure management practices in
Today the federal milk pricing system - originally created to ensure dairy farmers a living wage through price protection - basically acts as a fig leaf for Dean Foods and other dairy behemoths, providing cover for their anticompetitive practices. M
Before industrial agriculture and CAFOs, before processed foods and TV dinners - people ate real food. But now industrial agriculture has taken over our food supply. Do you know how it is impacting your health?
Since regulatory agencies are often unable and/or unwilling to provide this information, Food & Water Watch used the USDA’s Census of Agriculture to calculate the number of mega-livestock facilities in each county, providing an outstanding visual re
Small slaughterhouses once existed throughout the US. Unfortunately, the transition to factory farming spawned the creation of huge, highly mechanized, corporate-controlled mega-slaughterhouses, which ultimately put most small, independent slaughterh
Righteous Porkchop: Finding a Life and Good Food Beyond Factory Farms is a thoughtful, and surprisingly lighthearted, memoir about a most serious topic: poop... and the animals that make it.
Kicking off 2011 with disingenuous propaganda, the industry group Innovation Center for US Dairy released its US Dairy Sustainability Commitment Progress Report.
Many New York power plants are withdrawing cooling water - and injuring or killing aquatic life - even when they are not generating any electricity.
We’re experiencing the food, water and energy nexus first-hand. The worst drought since 1956 will likely produce significant impacts on food and fuel prices and could cause urban water supplies in some regions of the country to dry up.
As we watch the events unfold at the Fukushima nuclear power plant we are struck by how yet again the interdependencies of water and energy are on full display.
Ecocentric’s Kyle Rabin is moderating a panel at the Brooklyn Food Conference today on the interrelated nature of food, water and energy systems, so we thought we’d share some facts with our readers who aren’t able to attend.
What issue could create such an unlikely fight - fish vs. people - for the public’s support? Surprisingly, the debate over cooling systems used at power plants.
So how do we define the food, water and energy nexus?
Last month the EPA was willing to restrict the nasty air toxins that power plants emit, but it was less inclined to regulate what those plants are sucking in, namely fish.
Many older thermoelectric power plants require tremendous amounts of water for cooling. This animation takes you through the process and illustrates why there are such devastating consequences for fish and other aquatic life.
It takes a significant amount of water to create energy. Water is used to cool steam electric power plants - fueled by coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear power - and is required to generate hydropower. Water is also used in great quantities during f
You may not realize it, but when you use energy, you’re
also using water indirectly - lots of it!
Keeping blackouts at bay is no doubt a stressful job. But a new NERC report is wrong in finding that cooling water rules could threaten grid reliability.
The energy-water nexus can bridge the cavernous partisan divide? According to a recent poll, Americans overwhelmingly agree that the nation must transition to a new energy future that protects our water supply.