A slight correction on the Right to Farm Act description below - it is important to know that the law was changed during the Engler administration (1991 to 2002), turning it from a law that protected traditional agricultural activities from nuisance claims into a statute that sheltered CAFOs from reasonable oversight and control. Some of that preemption has been rolled back after tremendous work by Sierra Club, USEPA and others, but still on the books is a provision that threatens citizens with sanctions if they file three Right ot Farm complaints not verified by the MI Dept of Ag, and a preemption of local control over siting and other local controls -- both put in place during Engler’s reign.
Anne Woiwode, State Director
Behalf Of Timothy Caldwell
The brochures are very clever. They also point up a little-known
Unfortunately CAFOs have also made good use of the act to squelch objections of communities that were established before the CAFO moved in. This is a case of a the principle of unintended consequences: a right-headed law that made sense in 1981, but that is being used as a corporate weapon today.
On Dec 2, 2007 10:15 PM, < HAMILTREEF@aol.com > wrote:
A brochure that smells like manure is starting to pay off. Developed by the Ottawa County Planning Commission in 2004, the short document explains the realities of living in rural areas. Four years and 9,000 brochures later, the results have been encouraging.