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Sign petition against CAFOs


June 25, 2013

I am writing about the ad by the Hoosiers for Healthy Animal Agriculture and their request to sign their petition, www.ipetitions.com/petition/ harrisonco-indiana, to stop the construction/expansion of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs).

Through government exemptions and favorable legislation, Big AG avoids transparency, responsibility and public scrutiny. However, evidence mounts that their methods of producing food animals is a risk to public health and damaging to the environment. All you have to do is visit www.indianacafowatch.com to see what I'm talking about. This website was created by a fifth-generation farmer who has seen many cases of "bad actors" who do not care about the environment or their neighbors and started this site to keep track and report various violations around the state and elsewhere. More information can be found on www.hecweb.org by entering CAFO in the search window. Another site is www.cscefindiana.org/node/programs/farm, where you can see how Harrison County compares to other counties.

There are already at least 11 of these farms in Harrison County. We don't need any more. I don't want to see Harrison County become like Adams, Carroll, Clinton, Daviess, Decatur, Dubois, Jasper, Jay, Kosciusko, Miami, Rush, Wabash and White counties, with over 50 such farms in each. Therefore, I urge everyone to sign the petition before it's too late. I did.

Ray Wilson
New Middletown, Ind.
August 14, 2013


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