Midwest Pig Lagoons Overflowing

(Via Bea) Who could have seen this coming? With all the flooding in the Midwest, pig waste lagoons are reaching the bursting point. So Missouri has given factory farmers permission to pump out the untreated waste lagoons and spray it onto already-saturated fields. Meaning you’re going to have untreated pig waste pretty much everywhere. Brilliant.

Isn’t the whole point of designing a factory farm waste system to take into account what might happen during heavy rains? Here’s how Estil Fretwell of the Farm Bureau says we should look at the situation:

These are unusual rains and unusual times. Agriculture is really impacted by these rains, and I don’t think this is the time to be coming down on farmers.

Actually, now is exactly the time to be coming down on factory farmers. Link.