Tidbits for Political Junkies with Short Attention Spans & Hearty Appetites


Tuesday, July 06, 2004


You may breathe now...

A couple of Nebraska grandparents take on a giant hog producer, that maintains 20,000 pigs “a mile or so” from their farm, and win:

Sick of the stink, the Stephenses joined 10 other neighbors and took the hog producer to court, suing for a loss of quality of life. A Nebraska appeals court has sided with them, ruling late last month that the hog producer, Progressive Swine Technologies, must compensate its neighbors for living with the noxious fumes. It was left to a state court to determine the damages. The state of Iowa has also delivered a blow to the confinement livestock industry, the factory-like farms where thousands of pigs or cattle are caged in small pens. The Iowa Supreme Court recently decided that residents could sue livestock producers, striking down the state's Right-to-Farm law. The court ruled that the constitutional right to own property "includes the right to use and enjoy it." Pig and cow manure has always been part of country life. But the huge livestock operations, with manure lagoons the size of football fields, are a bit more rank than Old MacDonald's farm.

Left unanswered is who in the world thought it was a good idea to name a concentrated animal feeding operation “Progressive Swine Technologies.”


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