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Factory Farms Offer Nothing But Pollution

>From <www.grist.org> Grist Magazine Nov. 29, 2004

PAULDING GRAY
Mega-farms in Ohio offer stench but little else to communities

The Plain Dealer examines the effects of eight giant hog farms built
in Paulding County, Ohio, since 1994 and five mega-dairies since
2000, and comes away with a grim cautionary tale. A number of local
families have fled from their homes, some unable to live with the
stench from open manure pits, others because the hydrogen sulfide
emitted by the pits has caused brain damage, they and their doctors
say. Three of the massive dairies have also violated the Clean Water
Act, according to the U.S. EPA. And what do local communities get in
return for hosting these stinking factory farms? Not much. The
farms buy only 1 percent of their feed from local grain farmers.
They also provide few jobs, and the ones they do offer pay about
$7.50 an hour and are largely filled by Mexican migrants.
Nevertheless, Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Fred Dailey
says the farms are welcome: "In Ohio, they're all family farms."

straight to the source: The Plain Dealer, Fran Henry, 27 Nov 2004
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