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Karen Steuer

Entries by Karen Steuer

Pardon the Turkey, Not Industrial Farms

(22) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 7:11 PM

In just a few days, Americans will prepare and serve about 45 million turkeys. This bounty is worthy of our thanks, but the conditions in which most of these birds were raised are not. Today, the overwhelming majority of turkeys we eat are produced in ways that endanger...

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Lack of Information on Livestock Facilities Spells Trouble in Illinois and Beyond

(10) Comments | Posted October 12, 2012 | 3:55 PM

In previous posts, we have focused on the link between concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) and water pollution and the effect on our nation's largest estuary, the Chesapeake Bay. But the states surrounding the bay are not alone in facing this issue. In Illinois, for example,...

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The Chesapeake's Manure Problem

(3) Comments | Posted September 4, 2012 | 6:05 PM

What do 2,700 plant species, 525 species of fin and shell-fish and more than 17 million people have in common? They are all residents of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The bay provides economic benefits of more than $33 billion a year from recreational and commercial activities, including the harvest of...

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Animal Waste, Waterways, and Drinking Water

(2) Comments | Posted August 3, 2012 | 12:23 PM

From the backyard grill to the picnic basket, Americans seem to have a love affair with meat and poultry. To supply that demand, livestock production has turned to concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) as the new business model, growing high volumes of cows, pigs and poultry within short time spans...

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Bigger Isn't Better

(3) Comments | Posted June 5, 2012 | 6:16 PM

Before the 1960s, America's supply of chicken, beef, pork, and eggs was produced by a multitude of farms across the country. The vast majority of these operations were, by today's standards, smaller and housed fewer animals. As one would expect, volume of manure generated by these farms was relatively small...

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Where Have All the Farms Gone?

(49) Comments | Posted March 27, 2012 | 10:31 AM

During the past 50 years, animal agriculture has gone through a seismic shift in the United States. Long gone are the iconic scenes of American landscapes dotted with family farms and red barns. Most of these have been replaced by industrialized facilities controlled by large corporations that rely on concentrated...

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