The Land of Disenchantment
New Mexico cracks down on its filthy dairy industry
Industrial dairy farms deplete groundwater, fill the air with bacteria-laden dust, and, what with the massive lagoons filled with manure (ew), kinda stink. If goings-on in New Mexico — the nation’s seventh-largest milk producer, fastest-growing dairy state, and home to the nation’s biggest cheese plant — are any indication, Big Dairy’s free ride may soon be over. Mark Winne reports on the New Mexico Environment Department’s long-overdue clampdown.