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Dear Creston residents

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 11:19 a.m. CDT

From Marti Carlson

Oakland, Calif.

In a recent perusal of the CNA, I read an article regarding the approval of Mike Taylor’s two 5,000-head hog confinements by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and now he is asking county officials to improve (and help pay for) the roadways near the hog confinements – specifically Ivy Avenue.

I have to say, I understand that Iowa has become a food desert, populated by Walmarts, unhealthy food options and rampant obesity, but ask yourself, are food confinements the answer? What happened to animal “husbandry?” What happened to growing meat without the use of antibiotics and arsenic-based animal feed?

I am sure many residents objected to this approval. I would encourage neighbors of Taylor’s farm and all Creston residents to realize and seek remedy for what the outcomes might be:

• Ammonia–laden air

• Water contamination (look downstream - your groundwater)

• Infectious diseases from the meat someone will eventually consume

• Concentration of manure and inefficient and unsafe disposal

• More is evidenced by studies borne out by the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (google)

Is this what you want for your children, your grandchildren? I grew up with smart people, many of whom still live in my hometown. I also understand that farmers and others are struggling economically, but there are alternatives. Read, investigate and take action for what is right, healthy, good, clean and fair for Crestonians. Keep in mind, we are facing the dangerous disconnect between production and consumption worldwide. What can you do for future generations?

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