Say No to Keltic Pride Dairy!!

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Oregonians who care about a rich, diverse future for Oregon agriculture should say NO to Keltic Pride for the following reasons:

  • Oregon farming should be supported. Oregon has a rich agricultural tradition, and a vibrant diversity of independent, family farms. Oregon farms remarkably have grown in number in the past decade, not shrunk like in most other states. These small, diversified farms of rural Oregon are vital to the state's economy. Family farms are the type of agriculture Oregonians for a rich agricultural sector should support.
  • CAFOs are Factories Not Farms! In the last few years, however, Oregon has seen an insurgence of confined animal feeding operations, or "CAFOs". (i.e. Threemile Canyon Farms, LLC near Boardman, with 55,000 cows). These operations are NOT family farms, but industrial scale factory farms, treating animals as merely products, fouling surrounding land and water, and destroying local communities (i.e. research shows that for every 1000 head dairy created, 10 family farms are destroyed).
  • Animal Waste: One of the biggest problems with CAFOs is animal waste. Even ten years ago, the U.S. meat industry was producing 1.4 billion tons of waste annually (130 times the waste humans create). For every U.S. citizen, five tons of animal waste is produced. Smaller farms are able to use manure effectively by spreading it on crops as fertilizer. CAFOs, on the other hand, must deal with waste from thousands of animals and either store it in waste "lagoons". or try unsuccessfully spreading it on lands.
  • Threats to Water Quality: The high concentrations of animal waste are hard to manage, either leaching from the waste lagoons to contaminate groundwater, or running off into adjacent streams and rivers from cropland that is unable to absorb the waste. The discharge of manure into waterways brings with it toxic bacteria and other pathogens (i.e. e.coil, yersinia, leptospora, cryptosporidium parvum, giardia lamblia) and excessive nutrients. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that modern farming practices are responsible for 70% of the nation's pollution of rivers and streams.
  • Threats to Air Quality: Massive concentrations of animal waste also emits hazardous pollutants into the air, lowering air quality in surrounding communities. Hydrogen sulfide, for example, is a health threat that is irreversible, causing sore throat, seizures, comas and even death. Farmworkers and neighbors of CAFOs report headaches, shortness of breath, wheezing, excessive coughing and diarrhea. Ammonia is another byproduct of animal waste and has been linked to acid rain. The Columbia River Gorge has seen unprecedented levels of acid rain in recent years, which is likely linked to ammonia releases at Threemile Canyon Farms.
  • Animals Suffer: Confining thousands of animals together causes great hardship to farm animals. Pigs' ears are cut. Chickens' beaks are clipped. Cows stand and lay in their own feces and urine. To stay alive, animals are fed routine doses of antibiotics, which can spread antibiotic resistant bacteria to other animals and humans.
  • CAFOs destroy Local Communities: CAFOs do not create vibrant economic growth in the communities they enter, as they proclaim. Instead, CAFOs damage them, polluting their air and water but giving nothing to the local economy. CAFO operators are often owned from afar, and buy supplies, equipment and feed from outside the community. Left polluted, these "CAFO friendly". communities are unattractive to other types of business.