I caught this story over at My Tea Party Chronicle. Take a stroll over for her take on it on the lighter side, and a bit of a sad hoot. Here is mine:
Poor Bessie, looks like milk is on the way out, if Bessie cannot get control of her farts and burps. Insanity reigns supreme. Another EPA farting away millions of dollars in studies. But here is the fearsome sentence:
The $14.6 million NAEMS study, led by Purdue University, was financed by a consent agreement between industry and the EPA to measure emission levels from CAFOs and to develop improved methods for estimating emissions in order to regulate CAFOs and monitor their compliance with the Clean Air Act and other environmental protection laws.
Here is a link to The Cow Fart Chart
In other words, they entered into a legal agreement. Why in the world did they do that? Who entered into the agreement on behalf of the industry? Guess who will be sued if they do not comply after the EPA comes up with the standard? There will be no more Bessies. Family farms will go, but big Agra will not doubt get waivers. That is how they will do this little number.
The emissions released by cows during milk production may be creating enough environmental pollution to negatively affect human health, which is why we’ve decided to include dairy cow emissions in our research into Milk ProCon.org’s core question “Is drinking milk healthy for humans?”
The US government does not have (as of Jan. 17, 2011) regulations for the amount of allowable air pollutants from dairy farms. In 2007 the EPA began collaborating with eight universities on a National Air Emissions Monitoring Study (NAEMS) to develop such regulations. Full story here at Milk Procon Org
Thanks go to My Tea Party Chronicle