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Cow manure predicted to cause most sickness from contaminated wells in Kewaunee County

The No. 1 factor for acute gastrointestinal illness in Kewaunee County’s private drinking water wells is cow manure, according to a federal study released today. The findings raise questions about the effectiveness of existing regulations aimed at protecting residents from tainted drinking water.

June 23, 2021 | https://investigatemidwest.org/2021/06/23/cow-manure-predicted-to-cause-most-sickness-from-contaminated-wells-in-kewaunee-county/

Information on factory farms is spotty at best. The government has been hogtied from doing more.

CAFOs have been a point of contention between the livestock industry and environmental activists since they began to proliferate in the 1990s, overtaking small, pasture-feeding operations as the dominant form of animal agriculture in the US. As the number of livestock producers has declined, the number of animals — hogs, cattle and poultry — has skyrocketed over the past several decades, in part due to rapid consolidation in the industry.

February 25, 2021 | https://investigatemidwest.org/2021/02/25/information-on-factory-farms-is-spotty-at-best-the-government-has-been-hogtied-from-doing-more/