Pollution control board to hear case of Thief River Falls dairy
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#1 Apr 27, 2010
During the 90s, the scourge that is factory feedlots and huge dairy and pork operations were allowed to begin in MN. With no regulations or lax ones, these "farmers" were issued permits to operate manure lagoons without much thought to what impact that would have on the environment or nearby neighbors . These huge operations were also under capitalized to properly handle and responsibly dispose of the tremendous volumes of manure that they generate. As a result, we have illegal discharge of wastes, or manure applied to nearby fields that become saturated and unable to break them down in a timely way. The state should cap the number of animals these facilites handle at 1/4 the number they do now. Also, these mega-facilities should be required to install, use, and maintain anaerobic digesters to process the waste. When one of these manure ponds leaks, overflows, or breaks, up to a million gallons of waste pours into nearby tributaries. Irresponsible owners ignore regulations--as apparently is the case of Rick Milner--or they walk away from failed operations, leaving the cleanup problem to others.
There is another problem that is little understood by the public. When you confine animals the way they do at these mega factory dairy and feedlots, the animals need to be shot up with a host of antibiotics that then get passed through the food to us. The continual application of antibiotics leads to strains of drug resistant super bugs. The state regulators, politicians, and the public need to wake up to the danger posed by these operations. I recommend people see the films "Fresh" and "Food Inc.". Factory feedlots need to phased out. Farms need to be downsized to a scale that is sustainable and is more environmentally and neighbor friendly.
#2 Apr 27, 2010
Progressives whine about large corporations, and then become activists when the price of food increases for the poor, looting-class. You have zero ability to logically link.
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