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Large dairy farms with many cows will also have large amounts of manure to handle. One farm, called Wildcat Dairy, is so large that some of the 40 employees do nothing but deal with manure all day, every day. The cows leave their stalls to go get milked, and while they’re gone the workers come and clean out the stalls. There’s a concrete alley that collects the waste, but some solids in the stalls need to be pushed out to the alleys. The tank-pump, towed by a tractor, collects the waste in the alleys. The waste gets sprayed on a field to dry, and once it’s dry enough it will be spread on fields where crops will be grown. These crops are then fed to the cows, who produce the milk and more manure. And so the cycle continues.

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Article condensed from: The New York Times, Tuesday, December 29, 2009

On the Farm, a Cycle of Waste That Does Not End

Picture from Flickr:

Cook’s Dairy Cows

Originally uploaded by lee.ekstrom

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Above is an example of a very short condensed article that will appear in the first newsletter of Noah’s Ark Wetlands Foundation. Part of our core mandate is to educate schoolchildren, to bring awareness about environmental science and the natural world, and we’ll do that by providing a monthly newsletter with a number of articles of varying lengths. This should give them a taste of what’s available to know about environmental issues and beauties and innovations.

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Here we are, coming into existence as an environmental non-profit. Noah’s Ark Wetlands Foundation is based in Cambridge, Ontario, and we plan to spend time investing in our most valuable assets: schoolchildren and the natural world. One of our goals is to produce a monthly newsletter for elementary students that is a compilation and summation of environmental news from that month. We’d like to keep children in the environmental loop, informing them of advances in science that could be a future benefit, perhaps igniting a passion of environmental action that will carry on into adulthood. We would also like to purchase wetlands, creating a ‘landbank’ of these endangered areas, saving them from disappearing completely.

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