Bridget Huber

Bridget Huber is a staff writer at FairWarning (www.fairwarning.org), a Los Angeles-based nonprofit investigative news organization focused on public health and safety issues.

Recent Articles

The Danger in Our Water Supply

A dairy farm with 2,500 cows produces as much waste as Miami. FairWarning investigates how that puts our water supply in danger.

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Kate Golden, Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism This investigation was conducted by FairWarning ( www.fairwarning.org ) a Los Angeles-based nonprofit investigative news organization focused on public health and safety issues. A s factory farms take over more and more of the nation’s livestock production, a major environmental threat has emerged: Pollution from the waste produced by the immense crush of animals. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that America’s livestock create three times as much excreta as the human population. By the agency’s reckoning , a dairy farm with 2,500 cows—which is large, but not exceptional—can generate as much waste as the people in a city the size of Miami. Yet unlike human waste, which often receives sophisticated treatment, animal waste commonly goes untreated. It is typically held in underground pits or vast manure lagoons, and then spread on cropland as fertilizer. It’s been this way for decades, but worries have grown along...