If the economy and jobs were the only two things we had to concern ourselves with, this would be so much easier. In fact, there would be no debate. Actually, this fight is about the effects of large-scale, industrialized animal production on the health and well-being of the bodies of water in the state (and Gulf of Mexico); this is about the pollutants in the air; the toxins in the soil; the plant life, insects and the wildlife... and human life.

We are always being told "everything in moderation," right? The concentrations of animals and their waste in a small area (relatively speaking) are just too great and already unsustainable, even without the anticipated future growth. Iowa is not big enough to meet the demands of feeding 1 billion Chinese citizens.

Ben Jacobsen of Dows is claiming the industry is regulated. Factory farming, as with most agriculture is very loosely regulated, at best. The air pollution is not being monitored, for one thing. The ag industry is currently fighting an EPC requirement to begin monitoring air emissions as of Nov. 15, 2017. Why do producers not want the air quality around factory farms to be monitored? What do they have to hide?

Shannon Walker, Clarion

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