“We’ve crossed a threshold: has industrial farming contributed to Ireland’s water crisis?” appeared on The Guardian website on Monday. Written by Ella McSweeney, the “industrial farming” referred to is dairy farming.

Consider this paragraph: “Farmers were told to expand their herd size, and sow their fields with a monoculture of rye grass as a low-cost feed for their cows. (Ryegrass won’t grow sufficiently without substantial amounts of fertiliser, and farmers were set on a course where they couldn’t grow grass without it.)”