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Letter To The Editor - Confined animal feeding

Julie Meek

LaGrange

 

To the Editor:

    I recently received a letter about a confined animal feeding operation (CAFO) that wants to be in our area. To tell the truth, I really hadn’t given it much thought. Sometimes we get so tied up in our own lives that we forget that our lives are all connected so we must help every American with the truth, no matter where it lies or who it helps or hurts.

    The Young Farms are who requested a land variance for this CAFO and before I go any further, I would like to say that when the government decided that our lake needed a sewer system because of the sewage that was being dumped in it, the official they sent out tested the lake water. It was clean. In fact, he had to urinate in it to make sure his machine was working. It was, but they went ahead with the sewer system anyway. I don’t know what makes me angrier, the official urinating in the lake or the fact that they promised us the monthly bill would never be over $25, it’s now over $60 a month.

    The Young family was the first farm that took action to make sure their land was doing no harm to their lake neighbors. To me, that’s the kind of people I want in my neighborhood. Those who fix something before it gets to be a problem.

    That’s enough about that, let’s weigh in on the pros and cons of CAFO.

    Cons:

    They stink. Depending on which way the wind blows, what kind of holding tanks do you plan on having to keep the waste in?

    Will the holding takes used for the excess manure keep the smell down?

    Can you assure us that the floor of the building will keep all the waste from leeching into our well water and surrounding lakes?

    I know that the waste from all those hogs will be far more than you need for your fields, so is there a possibility that you can sell the excess waste to other farms?

    With the virus that is going around in pigs in other states, will you be able to breed from your stock to keep the virus out?

    Will this operation be free from government control or ownership? In other words, don’t get yourself in so deep signing papers that they walk away with not only the pigs, but also tell you what you have to grow. Be careful because when someone says they “got your back,” it’s usually because they are getting ready to kick your behind.

    I’m sure there will be plenty of questions at the meeting on April 15, 7 p.m., so be prepared.

    Now the Pros:

    Thanks to CAFO, millions more people can be fed.

    We will have more pork products in the grocery stores, so that should keep the cost down.

    Pork is a good source of protein.

    Pork is considered the “other white meat,” so if you’re going on a diet, now you can eat something other than chicken.

    With summer coming on, can you imagine baby back ribs sizzling on the grill or a pork burger? Or bacon with your eggs for breakfast, or a breaded tenderloin for a quick meal? Or maybe that ham for your Easter dinner?

    Now I’ve made myself hungry. Let’s work together to figure out a solution to these problems and get this thing settled.