Federal data says toxic emissions are declining in central Ohio.
With the cost of commercial fertilizer keeping pace with gasoline prices, more and more farmers are turning to their great grandfathers’ fertilizer–manure. Last week’s annual Great Lakes Regional Manure Handling Expo, held this year in London, Ohio, gave the public a chance to learn about how to turn this waste product into a resource, and how the environment might benefit as a result.
The potential for pollution is a major concern for many Ohioans living next to factory farms. Government officials say state regulations are adequate protection. Environmentalists couldn’t disagree more.
There are 148 Confined Animal Feeding Operations in the state of Ohio – with more CAFO’s as they’re called, on the way. These so-called mega farms have more than 100,000 chickens, 2,500 swine or 700 dairy cows. They require approval from the state department of agriculture’s environmental permitting section. But regardless of the numbers, these densely populated animal farms are irritating the folks next door. WOSU’s Sam Hendren reports