Big Ag Needs a Closer Look

Big agriculture is apparently getting bigger in Ohio. And with the fate of Lake Erie hanging in the balance, it is time for Ohio’s elected leaders to start paying more attention.

A recent study by the Washington-based Environmental Working Group and the Chicago-based Environmental Law & Policy Center has concluded that the Maumee River watershed now has 775 hog, cattle, dairy, and poultry operations — 42 percent more than in 2005.

Those farms have more than twice as many animals as they did in 2005.The growth — in number and size — of these megaoperations coincides with the problem of annual toxic algae blooms on the lake.




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