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E-M:/ RE: / Lansing State Journal "gets it" on Animal Factory Polluter Bills

So does the Freep:


“State lawmakers continue to flirt with farm protections that would do little or nothing to improve the lot of small family operations but give a big boost to the huge livestock facilities setting up in Michigan. Backers of the legislation often depict the small farms as being most in need of such help -- even while they push a framework that may ultimately relegate the small operations even further to the fringes”……..








From: owner-enviro-mich@great-lakes.net [mailto:owner-enviro-mich@great-lakes.net] On Behalf Of Anne Woiwode
Sent: Monday, April 24, 2006 9:37 AM
To: enviro-mich@great-lakes.net
Subject: E-M:/ Lansing State Journal "gets it" on Animal Factory Polluter Bills


Kudos to the Lansing State Journal for publishing a thoughtful editorial opposing the Animal Factory Polluter bills (HB 5711-5716) currently before the House.  “In the end, however, the Michigan Legislature should shy away from bills that shift the focus of environmental guardianship form DEQ to other agencies that have mixed responsibilities.”




Farm bills: Legislature unwise to back bills built on distrust of DEQ

A Lansing State Journal editorial

Reading a package of bills being pushed by the Michigan Farm Bureau, state legislators should be struck by a disturbing tone: a fundamental lack of trust between farming interests and state officials who work for all of us.

House Bills 5711-16 are touted by the bureau as a way to encourage better environmental stewardship from Michigan farmers. There are some encouraging aspects in this legislation, but the House should not just rubber-stamp these bills.



Anne Woiwode, State Director

Sierra Club Mackinac (Michigan) Chapter

109 E. Grand River Avenue, Lansing, MI 48906

517-484-2372   fax 517-484-3108

Enjoy, Explore and Protect -  www.michigan.sierraclub.org