EPA down on the farm

Chicken and Hog Farms Measured for Air Pollution

Morning Edition, March 7, 2006 Hog farms are known for their odor. But so far, no one has paid much attention to whether these smells actually pollute the air. Now, the Environmental Protection Agency is testing chicken and hog farms for gases and particles that can make air harmful to breathe.

So this has nothing to do with all of those city slickers and suburbanites moving into the sticks and being confronted with the not always pleasant realities of living down on the farm? It must be the high incidents of bad health among farmers caused by exposure to animal waste 24/7? What, you haven't heard about that epidemic? Don't worry, neither have I.

I really don't know what to make of this. What is the EPA going to do, make farmers give their animals colostomy bags?


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