The proposed Lynch Livestock hog slaughtering facility is a part of a conglomerate of 13 companies operating in 39 locations in the Midwest. They are not family farmers. Large scale industrial agriculture is destroying the family farm. Since 1970 there has been a loss of 88 percent of dairy farms in this country. Search the Internet for the trailer for the film "Farmageddon" for a review of the impact of concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFO) and their industrial slaughter houses.

I recently worked in a chicken processing facility. Second shift was devoted to wash down and sterilization. They used so much water that the neighboring town and local residents lost their water supply when the well went dry. Could that happen here? Of course.

The wash down sterilization was required to satisfy FDA requirements and used chemicals strong enough to kill every potential pathogen in the plant. That is what will be in the wastewater and in the air that local residents must breathe and plant workers must inhale to do their jobs.

Living near industrial agriculture sites reduces property value, according to the Wisconsin Department of Revenue in a ruling that will affect the Kewaunee County and result in reduced tax revenue. The same will happen to Viroqua and Vernon County. Property values will fall and the city and county will have to raise taxes. Choose to preserve our way of life and call and write your City Council representative and your county supervisor. Tell them “do what it takes to stop the Lynch Livestock hog slaughtering facility” and to enact zoning that prevents the takeover and destruction of the Driftless Region by industrial agriculture whose profits feed the Wall Street bankers and the inhabitants of the swamp we call Washington, D.C.

Toby Grotz, Viroqua

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