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Re: E-M:/ Best Management Practices Again



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Enviro-Mich message from "Grant Trigger" <GTrigger@honigman.com>
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I am concerned that the rhetoric on this issue is damaging far too many perspectives of what farming is all about and what constitutes appropriate manure management practices.  To suggest that a farm should be required to construct the same type of wastewater treatment system as a municipality is simply out of touch with reality.  Proper use of manure is a classic recycling process using the nutrients and soil improving characteristic of manure as a fertilizer substitute.  That reduces demand on petroleum based fertilizer manufacturing and related processes. In fact lost in the midst of this rhetoric is the fact that farmers were the original recyclers - using such practices long before they became politically popular.  This type of rhetoric makes the uninformed neighbor conclude that a farm is a bad neighbor and makes trouble in rural communities.  After all the farms were there long before sprawl consumed so much farm land - so how can a responsible environmentalist oppose sprawl, oppose wetland loss, support urban transportation principles and then at the same time unfairly "paint" farmers as a scourge in the community?  Is it no wonder farmers will sell out to developers?

A policy focused on stopping discrete problems is needed not a practice of rhetoric that will taint anyone who has the nerve to admit they are or might be a farmer.

>>> melmoth <melmoth@dmci.net> 01/04/02 10:01PM >>>
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Enviro-Mich message from melmoth <melmoth@dmci.net>
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Yep, our dairy CAFO's are once again following "Best Management
Practices" and
spraying liquefied feces and urine onto frozen ground on Elm Rd and M34.
In
Hillsdale County.
It is way past time to demand a moratorium on the lagoon and sprayfield
systems
and the injection of liquefied feces and urine from industrial animal
agriculture.

If animal agriculture insists on industrialization we must demand they
install the
same waste treatment systems that municipalities install. There should
be no
difference between the treatment of animal waste and the treatment of
human waste.

Where is the DEQ? Where is EPA? Where is the Department of Public Health
and where are our lawmakers?


Kathy Melmoth
Pittsford, Michigan







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