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Wisconsin judge affirms regulators can force factory farms to get preemptive pollution permits

A Wisconsin judge has affirmed that regulators can force factory farms to obtain permits before they discharge pollutants into state waters.
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18 years and counting: EPA still has no method for measuring CAFO air pollution

18 years after starting to develop methods to measure and control air pollution from livestock operations, the Environmental Protection Agency still has not complied with its own mandate to protect Americans from the harmful health effects of air pollution from big farms.

China’s 26-storey pig skyscraper ready to slaughter 1 million pigs a year
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China’s 26-storey pig skyscraper ready to slaughter 1 million pigs a year

The world’s biggest single-building pig farm has opened in Hubei province, but critics say it will increase the risk of larger animal disease outbreaks
Scaling up: 4 ways hog farms changed since the 1990s
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Scaling up: 4 ways hog farms changed since the 1990s

The pork industry shifted dramatically over the past three decades. A USDA report tracks how the industry moved away from small operations to CAFOs, production contracts and specialization.

Can a court compel the EPA to protect communities of color from CAFO pollution?

Can a court compel the EPA to protect communities of color from CAFO pollution?

Only a third of factory farms have permits to discharge waste into water, soil, and air. A new legal effort from environmental groups seeks enforcement of the Clean Water Act.
USDA conservation grants prop up agribusiness as usual

USDA conservation grants prop up agribusiness as usual

"Only a miniscule fraction" of program cash is going toward "climate-smart" practices.
Scaling up: The weighty impact of hog farming's evolution?

Scaling up: The weighty impact of hog farming's evolution?

Since the 1990s, hog farms have gotten bigger, more specialized and more productive, according to a new report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Environmental Research Service. 
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