Iowa Public Radio: Meat Producers Ignore Pleas For Health, Environmental Reform


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According to Bob Martin, the executive director of the Pew commission the meat industry has failed to eliminate the nontherapeutic use of antibiotics — though the Food and Drug Administration has restricted the use of some specific drugs and set voluntary guidelines.

On the animal waste issue, Martin adds, the Environmental Protection Agency has not followed through with its promise to do a full inventory of waste practices and enact higher waste storage and disposal standards at concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, that the commission had recommended.

To learn more, head over to Iowa Public Radio. 

Agreement Reached to Improve Iowa’s Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations Permit and Compliance Program


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The Environmental Protection Agency has reached an agreement with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to make changes to Iowa’s Clean Water Act permit and compliance program for concentrated animal feeding operations. The agreement includes specific actions the IDNR intends to take to remedy the program and a timeline for implementation of those actions to ensure clean, healthy water.

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