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.

"When an activity raises threats of harm to human health or the environment, precautionary measures should be taken even if some cause and effect relationships are not fully established scientifically. In this context the proponent of an activity, rather than the public, should bear the burden of proof." - Wingspread Statement of the Precautionary Principle.


Heavy rainfall can create unexpected problems for water quality.

I took some photos of livestock manure outflow into streams in AB last June (2005).  The water was almost black.

All photos by Dan L. Johnson

Rainfall runoff ponded along roads in southern Alberta in June, 2005.
(Highway 3 between Fort Macleod and Lethbridge)
Near Claresholm and Nanton, AB
Near Nanton, AB, June 28, 05
Water ponds in feedlots
Culverts transmit runoff to roadsides, which passes water to creeks
Feedlot runoff enters Mosquito Creek (near Willow Creek), AB, June 28, 05
Water sample from Mosquito Creek (normally clearer but with some suspended sediment), AB
June 28, 2005 - The dark colour comes from the direct feedlot runoff.
Manure also occurs right up to the creeks, and runoff can carry this into the streams in a pulse (photo May, 2004)
Land along the Oldman River floods, June, 2005

Photo Gallery from the Grace Factory Farm Project: 

Photos from Hogwatch Manitoba 

Stop the Hogs at the Ness Creek Music Festival's Eco Village 2004



Big Sky Operation
SW 1/4 of Sec. 17 - Twp 34 - Rge 16, W 2nd
Beside grid from Wynyard to Quill Lake, SK
9:00 a.m. on April 21, 2004

This photo of hog carcasses lined up near the road by a hog barn owned by Big Sky Farms barn, was taken at approximately 9:00 a.m. on April 21, 2004 from a car on the road between Wynyard and Quill Lake, Saskatchewan.  The barn is situated not more than one-half mile from the high water line of the lakes on the east and west sides of the barn:  

This matter was reported to the RCMP

This matter was also reported to RCMP.

Click here to view a series of 62 photos from Pigs, Poop & Politics.

Female pigs used for breeding (called 'breeding sows' by industry) 
are confined most of their lives in 'gestation crates' which are 
so small that they cannot even turn around. The pigs' 
basic needs are denied, and they experience severe physical 
and psychological disorders.

Pigs raised on factory farms are confined in metal 
and concrete pens with hard slatted flooring. 
They live here until they reach slaughter weight
 of 250 pounds at six months old.

The alternative. 

Water trenched from Crown land
by Big Sky Farms
Fall 2001

Water trenched from Crown land
by Big Sky Farms
Fall 2001

Barns located in an area
where water drains into
Good Spirit Lake
Provincial Park

Spill at Sturgis

September-October, 2003
Injection of liquid manure from Big Sky Farms Inc at the Brezenski Feeder Barn in the RM of Hazel Dell.  The soil appeared to be saturated with the excessive amount of slurry being applied, with liquid manure left on the surface of the field making puddles in the tracks made by the equipment.  Equipment went through sloughs and spread manure right up to the edge of the fields along the road with no margin left around the sloughs or alongside the ditches.
Stench was easily detected up to 20 miles east of the field receiving the manure.  
Photos by Isabel Muzichuk, Buchanan, SK






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