Letter to the editor – Barb Brooker

Iowa – Number 1 in stink

To the editor,

The paragraph below is from the latest issue of RV Daily Tips newsletter (https://www.rvtravel.com/rvdt1159/), a very popular publication among RVers.
“I am totally disgusted with the powers that be who have let this happen to an otherwise beautiful state. Last night my husband and I stopped at a rural home of a friend of ours and the smell was overpowering. We rushed into the house to escape the hog smell. And yet when any new hog confinement comes up for consideration it will pass no matter how big the protest! Disgusting!

The same sewage treatment for a small town of people should be applicable to pigs. Reversing this shameful situation should be a priority. Do we really want this reputation?
Trivia – “Iowa leads the USA in the amount of human and animal waste it produces. It’s a pressing environmental concern, according to a University of Iowa research engineer. Chris Jones’ study found that the state with 3.2 million people and a total livestock population of 110 million produce as much manure as a human population of 168 million, the Des Moines Register reported. “Just to ensure clarity, in Iowa, we are generating as much fecal waste in every square mile as 2,979 people,” Jones wrote in a blog on the university’s website.”
Barbara Brooker, Jefferson

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