La Crosse Tribune columnist Joe Orso had an excellent column in today’s paper. Beginning with a quote from Wauzeka farmer Fred Hausler, who explains that living downwind from a hog farm can be miserable (“You pretty near want to throw up when you go outside”), Joe goes on to explain in clear terms why the Livestock Siting Law is so damaging to rural communities:
Critics of the rule say odor regulations are inadequate, distance requirements between factory farms and neighbors should be increased, and fees local governments can charge for an application should not be capped at $1,000. But while they’d like to see changes made on these fronts, they hope the listening sessions lead to a broader shift in how Wisconsin manages large-scale agriculture. “The changes we can make to the rule won’t really get to the root of the problem because the problem is embedded in the statute itself,” said Jamie Saul, staff attorney for Midwest Environmental Advocates.
Citizens around the state will use DATCP’s series of listening sessions to explain not only the failings of the rules governing the siting and expansion of massive livestock facilities, but also the cruel effects of the Siting Law itself. For more information on how you can be a part of these listening sessions, see MEA’s website.