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Agriculture

New Zealand Dairy Farms Contributing Water Pollution

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Dairy cows on pasture

An August 14th Wall Street Journal article points out the environmental problems that occur when a large number of livestock are confined to a small area.  Too often, manure from confined animal operations end up polluting nearby rivers and streams, whether it occurs in New Zealand or the U.S.  While these operations produce milk and meat at lower cost than small-scale livestock farms and ranches, the costs to the environment are externalized.