Fowl droppings could foul water, then beer.
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM — A monastery that has brewed a famous Belgium beer for the past 400 years is worried that the spring water it uses may be polluted
by droppings from a nearby poultry farm.
Monks at Saint-Remy monastery in southern Belgium, which produces Rochefort beers, have asked Liege University to study the permeability of the land around
the monastery, Reuters news service reported.
The monks are concerned that plans to expand the poultry farm will lead to extra droppings that will pollute the spring water, the news service said.
Records show that the monastery had a brewery as far back as 1595, when barley and hops were grown in the grounds. But, as every beer lover knows,
the secret is in the purity of the water.
The news service said a spokesman for the 16 monks who continue to brew the famous Rochefort trappist beers said if the water quality changes, it could adversely
affect the beer. Since plans for the bigger poultry farm were drawn up, the council has received about 100 complaints from local residents concerned about possible
damage to the environment.
In the United States, waste from poultry farms, as well as other animal farms, has created an environmental controversy. Such operations are being blamed for pollution of water supplies,
particularly through stormwater runoff that can carried pollutants from animal operations to nearby water supplies.
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Edited from Tech Bank 1/29/02