CAFO complaints not from 'move-ins'
To the editor: I read the letter to the editor, "Law should change to stop CAFOs," which ran in the April 29 edition. I also live in Cleveland Township, Columbia County, and would be greatly impacted by a concentrated animal farming operation.
There seems to be a misconception among the general public who think we are "move-ins" who are against farming. This is not the case. We are against industry destroying our health, environment, property value and quality of life. We want farmers who are good stewards and care about the communities they live in and their neighbors.
For anyone interested in learning why we are so adamant about preventing a CAFO from being built in our R-2 medium density residential district, just look on the Internet. There are many websites that describe the ill effects of CAFOs and the products they produce. Air and water quality issues and concerns are very real, are proven facts and are not the hysterical mumblings of a few neighbors.
Keep in mind that 50 percent of antibiotics produced in the U.S. are used in the raising of meat and poultry products. This doesn't even address the steroid use. We are feeding this to our children.
Just recently, Burger King said it is working toward more humane treatment of animals, announcing that all of its eggs and pork will come from cage-free chickens and pigs by 2017. McDonald's and Wendy's have also asked their pork suppliers to outline their plans for elimination of gestation crates.
Please educate yourself for the safety and well-being of your family. Once you do, I'm sure you'll join us in contacting state Rep. Kurt Masser and Sen. John Gordner and ask them to introduce legislation to amend ACRE/ACT 38 to exclude residential zones from this law.