It’s 10 a.m. Friday morning, Aug. 17, 2007. A group of people is assembled in the yard of a home on State Route 120, in Fulton County, close by the Chesterfield factory dairy. The purpose of this assemblage is to attempt to seek a solution to the factory dairy’s having depleted neighbors’ water supplies.
Included in this group is a representative of the Ohio Dept. of Agriculture, representatives of The Dragun Corp., an engineering company out of Farmington, Mich., a young lady from the Fulton County Health Dept., and several neighbors/citizens of Fulton County. The plan is to set up a monitoring program of water wells on the factory’s property and wells on neighbors’ properties in order to bring to an end the negative impact that has been occurring to the citizens’ water supplies. This is a situation that I have been observing and documenting for over a year now.
During a lull in the monitoring plan discussion, a non-neighbor/citizen of Fulton County whom I will refer to as “Mr. E.” started to rag on me, and rag on me he did. He went on for quite a while and I could hardly get a word in edgewise, which is probably just as well. Apparently Mr. E. feels that I should not be concerned with the rights and well-being of my rural friends and neighbors, and that I should not be interfering with operations of the factory dairy when they infringe on the rights and well-being of my friends and neighbors. I will not go into the specifics of what was said, as much of it is unprintable anyway.
I will take this opportunity to respond to Mr. E. and all who may read this. I understand now that there may be rumors floating around out there that are based on a great deal of “the excrement of bull,” a phrase coined by Mr. Daily, past director of the ODA.
I do support family farms.
I do not support factory farms and their ilk.
I do support sustainable agriculture.
I do not not support industrial agriculture where you have 1,750 cows on 80 acres of land,
I will continue to monitor, document, and report findings that have a negative impact on my friends and neighbors and our communities.
I will continue to work with others in our community, our state, and/or country to support family farms and sustainable agriculture.– David L. Blesing, Sr. Citizen U.S.A. Fulton County, Ohio