CAFOs Editor, Times-Union: It is time for Kosciusko County to take action against Confined Animal Feeding Operations. We have an area farmer trying to put in four, 4,000 pig CAFO buildings withing a few miles of each other and, more importantly, right in the backyard of many homes, near a lake and businesses. Besides the awful stench involved with these operations, the air quality will be terrible and will carry in the wind, for miles around. If you doubt any of these statements, Google CAFO+Impact you will get the facts. Besides the disease of MRSA being common in pigs and the workers, the manure laced with chemicals and antibiotics will be invading our wells, streams, lakes and rivers. Our wildlife is at risk, our clean water is at risk and so are all of the people who must endure such a travesty. There will be some public meetings as these farmers try to get their permits. Please attend for the good our our generation and future generations to come. Watch the Times-Union for any legal announcements. Because some farmers want to only see the dollar signs, the rest of us must watch for the signs of pollution and suffer. We still have good traditional farmers in this county. Please support their efforts. Marjorie Vance Claypool, via e-mail
Posted: Monday, June 6, 2011
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I read the articles about CAFO impacts to the environment online. What I read was very disturbing. There are permits currently being reviewed for such an operation (2 buildings of 4620 pigs each) less than a mile from my front door. I drove a few miles away, where there is a large hog barn in operation, and stopped to ask some of the neighbors of it how they felt about it. They weren't happy. They have to keep their windows closed, can't hang clothes out on the line to dry, constantly sick with sinus and eye infections. Today was a mild day for the smell I was told. I'm all for farmers who raise their own food animals. I raise a few. I am not in favor of an operation that is going to ruin my health and my water because there are too many animals and the waste cannot be disposed of properly, quickly enough. How many times a year can you put fertilizer on crops? Haven't there been major outbreaks of e-coli because of that very type of thing? What happens to the deer that drink the polluted runoff water? What happens to the people who hunt those deer for food? Can they get sick? There is an open pond in that area, what happens to it? Will the fish, frogs, and turles all die? The ammonia and particle dust exhausted into the air by CAFO's is greater than the EPA standards and in 2006 the Bush administration had to grant special exception to CAFO because the emissions exceed the 2003 Clean Air Act. See for yourself http://environmentalintegrity.org/documents/HazardousPollutionfromFactoryFarms.pdf People making money from this see it as a good thing. I see the negatives as outweighing the positives by a landslide. I hope everyone reading this will do a little research of their own. CAFO+Impact google it yourself. The more you know, the more you will say No CAFO.