The New Cow Towns?

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May 12, 2003, 9:00 AM PDT

By Chris Steins @urbaninsight


" They want to build the dairy equivalent of a shining city on a hill: the perfect community where farmers and cattle live together in harmony with the environment while turning cow patties into clean, renewable energy for the Los Angeles region... Even supporters concede that the idea of putting 90,000 Holsteins in the midst of the Mojave Desert is, at minimum, unusual. Nevertheless, the project is being propelled by two potent political currents: the need to reduce agricultural pollution and the need to diversify and expand California's sources of electricity."

Thanks to Laura Kranz

Sunday, May 11, 2003 in The Los Angeles Times

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