New Mexico's nickname = "Land of Enchantment"
National Public Radio
(NPR) recently reported a story regarding the "Manure War" being waged between
milk farmers and New Mexico's non-dairy public.
A few quotes from that story:
"A factory farm with
2,000 cows produces as much sewage as a small city, yet there's no treatment
"Everyday, an average cow produces six to seven gallons of milk
and 18 gallons of manure. New Mexico has 300,000 milk cows. That totals 5.4
million gallons of manure in the state every day."
"The New Mexico
Environment Department reports that two-thirds of the state's 150 dairies are
contaminating groundwater with excess nitrogen from cattle excrement. Either the
lagoons are leaking, or manure is being applied too heavily on farmland."
"On Dairy Row along Interstate 10 between Las Cruces, N.M., and El Paso,
Texas, more than 30,000 cows live in 11 farms located one after the other."
"Homeowner Herbie Rodriguez says he has been buying five-gallon bottles of
water to drink and cook with, though his family still washes with contaminated
"'On a white, brand-new T-shirt, you can wash it in the
water, brand-new, it would come out brownish, beige. That's how you could tell
how bad the water was.'"