“ICYMI: Jim Perdue’s defense of his corporation after The Baltimore Sun published their editorial 'Clean up Maryland’s poultry manure problem now'. In it he claims that Perdue is working to protect the Chesapeake Bay. This is, to be polite, a load of chicken litter!
Each year, chicken factory farms in Maryland produce 34 thousand tons of litter. That’s more than half what the residents of Baltimore produce! It’s simply too much volume to be used safely as fertilizer in the area where it’s produced and the soil is oversaturated.
Trucking the waste elsewhere is at best, a temporary solution. Not only are regulations surrounding the practice poorly implemented and enforced, but the contract growers and taxpayers are left to foot the bill. As mentioned in Clean up Maryland’s poultry manure problem now, the Poultry Litter Management Act offered a more just way of handling the problem.
Using the waste to generate biogas is not a real solution, either. This expensive technology requires massive chicken litter inputs, still requires trucking, and requires subsidies to be profitable. Ultimately, this is greenwashing - not “renewable” energy. It does nothing to address public health issues, and can even be used as an excuse for building more factory farms.
We need real solutions to the environmental degradation factory farms are causing on the Eastern Shore. We need a moratorium on all new and expanding factory farms. And it should be large corporations like Perdue that pay for cleaning up the mess from the existing ones.”
Here's the Baltimore Sun article HERE.