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Sunday's Chicago Tribune featured an article about a proposed giant factory farm that will produce milk. The article was a typical example of journalism by a writer who has not done homework on the damage that these farms do to the cows and the environment. Thus we get this vapid headline: "Plan for the state's largest dairy irks neighbors but could help the economy." Always, always, when something is inherently bad, we hear that it "will help the economy", though the number of jobs the dairy would create was not shared in the article, and the harm that it would do the local area was brushed off as follows:
"[Neighbors] worry about stench from vast manure ponds, potential groundwater pollution and the prospect of even larger dairies blotting the tranquil countryside."
Oh those silly neighbors. To present mega-stench and vast manure ponds as trivial concerns nearly makes my head explode. Here is an excerpt from the editorial written by one of the affected neighbors that followed the next day:
"..People residing in its vicinity will have to live with the constant, choking stench of its football field-sized manure lagoons, as well as risk contamination of their water supply from potential lagoon breaches and manure run-off. Additionally, large-scale, industrialized farms, such as the proposed A.J. Bos facility, pollute surrounding air and adversely affect property values.
Furthermore, given the apparent lack of U.S.D.A. oversight, as we have seen from the Humane Society of the United States' recent expose of Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Co., industrialized animal farms are repositories for appalling animal cruelty. Construction of the facility proposed by A.J. Bos will undoubtedly establish new ground for abuse of downer cows spent dairy cows too sick or injured to stand. Even if we fooled ourselves into thinking that there would be no incidence of downer abuse at A.J. Bos' facility, there would still be the reality that a 11,000-head dairy factory would involve cruel, intensive confinement of cattle."
Let's hope the neighbors prevail.