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Wellness

The Impact Farms Have on Our Health and Environment

The greatest assets we are able to pull from the earth provide sustenance for ourselves. We don’t simply rely on the earth as a big hurtling rock to stand upon, we need it for the very resources that keep us alive. This is why, as we move forward into an uncertain future in which climate […]

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Business Government

Large Hog CAFO Coming to Delaware County

By: Todd Smekens Muncie, Indiana BLOG – I’ve written numerous articles on Confined Animal Feed Operations (CAFO) and the farming industry like here and here within the United States and Indiana. Leading experts like John Ikerd have been educating anybody who will listen with an open mind. Other food industry experts have been coming from […]

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Business Government

CAFO Industry’s Devastating Impact on Environment and Public Health

CAFO farming is an environmental and public health disaster Sierra Club February 28th, 2017 Duplin County was as flat and lush as I’d imagined. Beneath a blue-dome sky, creeks carved loamy soil as they branched to meet wide rivers. On the narrow North Carolina backroads, we passed homes with shaded front porches and barns built […]

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Business

Tyson Foods Cartel Hurts Rural America

MUNCIE, Indiana NEWS– Everybody likes some form of chicken – wings, thighs, or breasts. Some folks like it fried, baked, grilled, or barbecued. Kids love nuggets, even though it’s not really chicken. Most Americans could care less how or where the chicken is produced, as long as the grocery store or fast food restaurant has […]

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Business Government

Right to Farm Bill Pushed by Forrest Lucas of Lucas Oil Stadium

Muncie, Indiana NEWS– Earlier this month, we shared warnings from Hoosier Environmental Council (HEC), about Senate Joint Resolution 12 (SJR-12), which is oddly called Indiana’s “Right to Farm” act. Many small farmers attended the committee hearing to testify they didn’t need constitutional permission to farm their land. They already have those rights and have farmed […]

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Food/Drink Government

Industrial Farms, Water, Money vs Public Health

Part One of a Series of Articles on CAFOs – Industrial Farms, 2014 Muncie, IN (NEWS)– In case you missed it, our neighbors to the Northeast experienced a shock and an inconvenience when they were told to avoid drinking their city’s water. Ohio’s republican governor, John Kasich, had to declare a state of emergency so […]

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Government

Industrial Farming Amendment Will Abolish Local Control

The constitutional amendment on many minds is the amendment banning same-sex marriage. Another amendment, however, is also set to drastically change our lives and environment – by enshrining protection of industrial farming in the state constitution. Republicans just can’t seem to get enough of misusing the amendment process for their own agenda. Republicans are anticipating […]

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Business

CAFOs: Big Ag Pulls Incriminating Internet Image

Muncie, Indiana – Muncie Voice has commented on the amount of confined animal feed operations (CAFOs) that have crept into Indiana since Mitch Daniels was governor. Mitch invited them into our state and then weakened state regulations on them allowing CAFOs free rein. Many readers don’t believe our government would do this. In fact, if […]

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Culture

Right to Farm or Right to Harm?

Hoosier Environmental Council’s Legislative Webinar Series: Part 3: Right to Farm or Right to Harm? The Hoosier Environmental Council (HEC) announces its third of four monthly, statewide online legislative seminars on Friday, March 29th at noon (EST).   The hour-long webinar will focus on highly controversial legislation that would significantly limit the ability to hold polluting […]