River Of Waste - Hazardous Truth About Factory Farms

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    Hulu - A River of Waste: The Hazardous Truth About Factory Farms - Watch the full movie now.

    I watched this documentary on Free Speech TV yesterday. I thought I was knowledgeable about the issues involved but its much worse than I knew. Many people dying but not just from heart disease, cancer, etc from eating meat. In many areas of our so-called "beloved heartland", entire communities of children have died because they lived near a meat producer.

    Sadly, that doesn't matter to the big businesses who produce the poisons on our plate and in our environment. And, incredibly, the Rs want to do away with the few safety regulations that are currently in place and largely ignored because its cheaper to pay a piddly fine than to actually change the way they do business.

    “Only after the last tree has been cut down,
    only after the last river has been poisoned,
    only after the last fish has been caught,
    only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.”
    So goes a well-known Cree prophecy, to which we should now be paying heed.
     
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    Do they mention the Gulf of Mexico dead zone caused by agricultural runoff, much of which stems from the left's insistence that corn be grown to make ethanol, the production of which consumes more energy than the ethanol provides, in pursuit of their ecological agenda?
     
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    Granny says it's gettin to a point we gonna have to decide whether to eat or drive...
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    EPA is pressured to drop ethanol mandate while drought drives corn prices up
    August 16, 2012 - With record drought destroying crops across the country, corn prices are skyrocketing, and that is causing a world-wide ripple effect, including on the cost of the corn-derived gasoline additive ethanol.
     
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    Study: Ethanol Production Consumes Six Units Of Energy To Produce Just One
    Patzek's ethanol critique began during a freshman seminar he taught in which he and his students calculated the energy balance of the biofuel. Taking into account the energy required to grow the corn and convert it into ethanol, they determined that burning the biofuel as a gasoline additive actually results in a net energy loss of 65 percent. Later, Patzek says he realized the loss is much more than that even.

    "Limiting yourself to the energy balance, and within that balance, just the fossil fuel used, is just scraping the surface of the problem," he says. "Corn is not 'free energy.'"

    Recently, Patzek published a fifty-page study on the subject in the journal Critical Reviews in Plant Science. This time, he factored in the myriad energy inputs required by industrial agriculture, from the amount of fuel used to produce fertilizers and corn seeds to the transportation and wastewater disposal costs. All told, he believes that the cumulative energy consumed in corn farming and ethanol production is six times greater than what the end product provides your car engine in terms of power.​
     

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