On Friday, March 31, the Livestock Water Recycling (LWR) System will be featured on an episode of The Water Brothers – TVO’s award-winning eco-adventure documentary series.
Currently in its fourth season, the series – hosted, written and produced by brothers Tyler and Alex Mifflin – explores how we can better protect our planet’s most precious resource. In the episode entitled “More Food, Less Water,” the Water Brothers go on an exciting journey through the world of soil, manure and water to explore how farmers are using innovative technologies to combat water waste in agriculture.
Seventy percent of all the freshwater that is used on the planet is used for growing food. This episode will examine how that water can be used much more efficiently. In upstate New York, the brothers visit McCormick Farms, a 2,000-cow dairy and the largest potato grower in the state. There, they will learn more about the LWR System – a technology that is poised to revolutionize the way dairy farms operate by reducing the dairy’s water use by 40 percent.
Improving water use efficiency on farms is one of the most critical challenges of the 21st century in order to feed the 2 billion more people living on this planet by the year 2050. With major food-producing regions currently experiencing severe water shortages, it is imperative that we all learn how to grow more food, using less water.
Jim McCormick , president and CEO of the 71-year-old family farm, says that the benefits of recycling water from manure go beyond the obvious of using less water: “Before the LWR system, our manure was not only labor intensive, but it wasn’t a clean job. We wanted to improve our image and do a better job of taking care of our soils. Now we are doing a lot better job handling the material, and we’re being better neighbors with the folks that live around us.” He adds, “It’s been easier to manage our lagoons since we started up the LWR System. We have less activity hauling the material out because we are separating the phosphorous and nitrogen. It’s become a much easier problem to handle in our business.”
LWR General Manager JR Brooks says that he is excited to share the McCormick Farms’ story with the public. “We expect farmers to keep food on our tables in a way that keeps our planet healthy, and McCormick Farms is a great example of how it is possible to produce more food, using less water. We especially appreciate them for opening up their doors to the Water Brothers to showcase how a dairy can recycle water over and over and over again. Our hope is that consumers will recognize and support producers who are leading the industry towards truly regenerative farming practices.”
The Water Brothers challenge viewers to ask questions and think about the choices they can make as consumers. They remind us that it is important to have science-based content to help us understand the world around us in order to better protect our most valuable resource – water.
“We’re incredibly excited for our fourth season and really want to show viewers how small changes in their everyday lives can have a big impact when it comes to protecting water around the world,” says co-host Alex.
“We are honoured to have a platform where we can help raise awareness and hopefully encourage viewers to take action and help address some of the biggest environmental challenges we face in the world today,” adds co-host Tyler.
The episode will air this Friday, March 31, on TVO at 7:30 p.m. EST, and will also air on the Knowledge Network in western Canada. LWR will be sponsoring a screening of the episode on Saturday, April 29, in Calgary, Alberta. To attend the screening, please contact Lisa Fast via email.
—From Livestock Water Recycling Inc. news release
PHOTO 1: Alex Mifflin shows off the concentrated liquid nutrient fertilizer and clean water recycled by the LWR System at McCormick Farms.
PHOTO 2: The Water Brothers, Tyler and Alex Mifflin, at McCormick Farms in Bliss, New York.
PHOTO 3: Tyler Mifflin, Jim McCormick, Lisa Fast, Alex Mifflin and Nate Hartway. Photos courtesy of The Water Brothers and Livestock Water Recycling Inc.
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