This is not rhetoric this is reality. A reality I and my neighbors must
live with. This is not classic recycling. There have been 7 illegal
discharges of the 9 industrial dairy CAFO's since February 2000.
The air is fouled with liquid stench on an increasing number of days especially
in the spring and fall but also in summer and winter. I and my neighbors
have witnessed liquid feces and urine in creeks, being sprayed into trees,
being irrigated on corn, being put on snow and frozen ground and washed
into rivers and creeks when it thawed. And this is only the beginning.
This is not manure mixed with straw that one sees in smaller operations.
Environmentalists and others concerned about open space and advancing sprawl, cannot ignore the real threats to human health, air and especially water posed by industrial animal agriculture.
There is a long history in this country of industries refusing to bear the cost of pollution prevention and cleanup. Modern industrial agriculture is no different. With the lagoon sprayfield /injection system we are going backwards in protecting the environment and public health. Unfortunately, all our major institutions refuse to address this because of the relatively small number of poor rural folks impacted and the fact that fouled water and air can be ignored.
We must demand that large industrial animal operations treat these large amounts of liquid feces and urine the same way municipalities treat their human wastes. The treated effluent can be reused for beneficial purposes and full recycling can be achieved.
Full time farmer.