2007.08.22 Ryan Shadbolt

Written by David Green.

Discussion and criticism have indicated that Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) within southeastern Michigan are a serious environmental concern and not just to those residents living next door to the farms. The local issue has spawned many local articles, editorials and letters, and even articles in the national press.

Unfortunately, the continued pressure citizens have put on our state’s politicians has had little, if any, success. Voters do have the option to research our current politicians and follow their voting records in order to make informed decisions on who to vote for in the future, but why should we wait for an election to send a message to these unhealthy and unethical farming operations and the politicians who support them?

Every single time we eat we make a decision about what farming practices we support. By purchasing and eating food from factory farms, we support the growth of more factory farms and all the pollution and animal cruelty that comes with them. Citizens have the power right now to buy food raised with better farming practices.

While southeastern Michigan may not yet have many natural foods stores available selling organic or range-fed meat and dairy products, it is still easy to make dietary changes. Even dropping factory-farmed meat and dairy products from a few dishes per week has an impact on the profit of factory farms. With local gardens currently flourishing with produce, there is no better time of the year to enjoy the many meatless dishes that Michigan’s growing season has to offer.

– Ryan Shadbolt
West Bloomfield, Mich.

 

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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks
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    SCULPTORS—Morenci third grade students Emersyn Thompson (left) and Marissa Lawrence turn spaghetti sticks into mini sculptures Friday during a class visit to Stair District Library. All Morenci Elementary School classes recently visited the library to experience the creative construction toys purchased through the “Sculptamania!” project, funded by a Disney Curiosity Creates grant. The grant is administered by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
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    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

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