MORE OPPOSITION TO ISSUE 2
October 29, 2009 at 4:30PM
The Ohio Environmental Council is urging a no vote on Issue 2:
The OEC, an environmental conservation organization, is engaging on Issue 2 because of the threat to air and water quality that come from common industrial agriculture practices that pack livestock and poultry into confined spaces. These high-density practices are sometimes associated with: unhealthy air vented from crowded animal feeding facilities; water pollution from massive amounts of animal waste, which sometimes is over-applied to farm fields; and the misuse of antibiotics and other pharmaceutical drugs, which routinely are added to animal feed even though the animals are not ill.
… The wording of Issue 2 can potentially block new air, water, and food standards in the name of “affordable food supplies.” More rigorous environmental protections, such as increased distance set-backs between animal waste lagoons and stream and ground water sources, keeping pharmaceuticals out of waste water, air pollution controls to collect dust and particulate matter, come with a price tag.