December 9, 2009
Dairy CAFOs in New Mexico are under increased scrutiny today following this morning’s report from NPR’s John Burnett. The reporter discusses the unrelenting pollution caused by large dairy operations in the state along “dairy row,” a section of Interstate 10 between Las Cruces, NM, and El Paso, TX. “Everyday, an average cow produces six to seven gallons of milk and 18 gallons of manure,” Burnett tells listeners. “New Mexico has 300,000 milk cows. That totals 5.4 million gallons of manure in the state every day. It’s enough to fill up nine Olympic-size pools. Every single day,” he says. It’s worth a read or listen to. There are photos and audio on NPR’s web site.