Food is a necessity for life, and we need farms to produce it. Agriculture takes up more than 50 percent of land in the United States, and as such, it has a tremendous impact on environmental quality. At the same time, the food produced by our agricultural system has a trillion-dollar effect on public health.
Debate has been swirling in Washington, D.C., lately about President Trump’s extreme budget proposal—and for good reason. It’s a radical plan that would gut funding for crucial environmental priorities like clean air and water and severely undercut efforts to keep communities healthy, protect the environment and combat climate change.
Dairy cows have been bred to produce a lot of milk. They also produce a lot of waste. And when a dairy facility houses thousands of cows, the amount of waste it generates is tremendous. For example, according to its own records, one of the largest dairies in New York state produces more than 2,000 gallons of animal sewage per hour. The U.S.
Rebecca Kirkpatrick is a Mid-Level Giving Officer at Headquarters in San Francisco.
Paige Hampton is an HR Assistant at Headquarters in San Francisco.
An op-ed by Shannon Fisk, Managing Attorney, Coal Program
For Nathan Piengkham, a member of the Kalispel Tribe of Indians, the personal journey toward becoming a water protector started with a felled cedar. “We were gifted a giant cedar log from the Quinault area,” he explained, referring to a part of coastal Washington that is home to the Quinault Tribal Nation. Once he and other carvers had transformed the log into a traditional dugout canoe, they took it out onto local rivers, marking the first time in about a century that members of the tribes had engaged in this practice.