Livestock farmers battle information release

  • Article by: Jim Spencer , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 8, 2013 - 10:43 PM

Advocates for livestock and poultry farmers, particularly pork producers, have asked a federal judge in Minnesota to block the release of information sought by environmental activists concerned with water pollution.

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averagejoe55Jul. 8, 13 9:47 PM

As much as I like to point my finger at polluters, the fact that I am a consumer of these products makes me as guilty as them. If I want to take a hard look at the problem, guess I'll head over to the nearest mirror. We are all the problem and until we change our dietary habits, releasing some names won't make any difference.

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truthtimeJul. 8, 1311:14 PM

I think releasing the names of the farmers and all the related detail to many of the most violent environmental groups would be a little like giving directions to a burglar and telling them when you'll be out of your house. They don't need the information for any legitimate, lawful use. Their only possible need is to harass, trespass, burglarize and vandalize. The government wouldn't dare release this type of identifying info on small businesses and or families.

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lakeelmo99Jul. 9, 13 6:30 AM

70% of all MN corn grown goes to feed the animals we humans eat like pigs, cows and chickens. Averagejoe55 is right we only need to look in the mirror. We'd all be a lot healthier if we all ate one meat free dinner per week. And the environment would be better off too. With MN projected to add one million more people by 2050 if we don't reduce our consumption of meat we'll just be another Midwestern farm state like IL, NE and IA.

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RankenFyleJul. 9, 13 7:16 AM

I don't want their personal details released. However, I would like to know the amount of discharged wastewater and what is in it. I have a stake in the environment too.

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daveparkJul. 9, 13 7:27 AM

"The government wouldn't dare release this type of identifying info on small businesses and or families" So a farm is not a small business?

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