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FEFCHAK: Truth about hog industry's role in water pollution

PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2015 5:56 pm
by Oscar
FEFCHAK: Don't ignore the truth about hog industry's role in water pollution

[ http://www.brandonsun.com/opinion/lette ... 30171.html ]

Thursday, Jun. 4, 2015 |

It was disappointing to read that Brandon Chamber of Commerce president Todd Birkhan asserts the hog industry is being made the “scapegoat” for pollution and government policies are based on political rhetoric and not science. (Brandon Sun, May 4.)
[ http://www.brandonsun.com/local/chamber ... 97761.html ]

These are my conclusions, as I believe the chamber does not fully understand the situation.

Suddenly, according to the chamber president, Lake Winnipeg is no longer the most polluted lake in the world. Suddenly, professors David Schindler, Eva Pip, Peter Leavitt, John Vallentyne and several others who have previously determined that phosphorus — and a majority from hog feces — (are the problem), are proven wrong.

Suddenly, phosphorus is no longer a threat to our water sources. Suddenly, the 2007 Clean Environment Commission and the Lake Winnipeg Stewardship Reports are worthless because they are also wrong.

That would all be great news if it was true! But it’s not.

The assertions that the hog industry is being made a scapegoat reminds me of a 1992 movie, “A Few Good Men,” where Col. Jessup says, “You can’t handle the truth!”

JOHN FEFCHAK
Virden, MB

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition June 4, 2015