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1st Friday Focus On The Environment: Working To Mitigate The Damage Of CAFO's In Michigan

Nov 1, 2019

Draglining of CAFO waste
Credit Environmentally Concerned Citizens of South Central Michigan / nocafos.org

Concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, are areas where livestock are kept and fed indoors.  One cow will produce 20 times the waste as a human and large-scale operations have thousands of these animals.  The liquified waste is kept in pools, sprayed on the land, and ultimately runs off into the waters.  That contributes to phospherous overload and the development of algal blooms.  Pam Taylor is a Research Coordinator for the Environmentally Concerned Citizens of South-Central Michigan (ECCSCM) and discusses the issues and work toward better practices with WEMU's David Fair and Michigan League of Conservation Voters executive director Lisa Wozniak in this month's "1st Friday Focus on the Environment."


Lisa Wozniak, executive director of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters
Credit Michigan League of Conservation Voters / michiganlcv.org

Lisa’s career spans over two decades of environmental and conservation advocacy in the political arena.  She is a nationally- recognized expert in non-profit growth and management and a leader in Great Lakes protections.  Lisa is a three-time graduate from the University of Michigan, with a Bachelors Degree and two ensuing Masters Degrees in Social Work and Education.

Lisa serves a co-host and content partner in 89.1 WEMU's '1st Friday Focus on the Environment.'

About Pam Taylor

Pam's family has a deep background in agriculture and has been farming rural Lenawee County on Michigan’s southern border since 1837.  She is a retired school teacher who now, after seeing the damage to our water from factory farms, volunteers for Environmental Concerned Citizens of South Central Michigan full time.  Pam is often cited in news stories and reports as an expert on CAFOs from her research and work with ECCSCM. 

Resources:

CAFO

Environmentally Concerned Citizens of South Central Michigan 

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