I haven't updated the supporting research in two years, but I believe:|
We have to find new ways to support family farms and restrict corporate farming. They've done that in Minnesota, the Dakotas and other states.
We must reform the Michigan Right To Farm Act so as to permit local zoning restrictions on CAFOs, as done under Wisconsin's RTFA. The law permitting suits by neighbors based on nuisance theory should be re-established.
Strict accounting for and control of nutrients coming into CAFOs (feed) and produced by CAFOs (manure) ought to be required, as in the Netherlands (which is why many of these dairymen are here in the first place).
The problems arising from various feeding operations are neither isolated nor dissimilar. The problems are systemic, and DEQ, as presently structured and funded, can't handle them.
-- Jim Lang
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