To the Editor: Mega-dairies not the way to productively use rural areas

June 8, 2011

Yes, it killed me to send my $15 to the League of Women Voters of Jo Daviess County. I’ve spent the majority of my life in urban dwellings. My move out here was a mile marker of acquiring a tiny sliver of the American dream. An elderly woman who has lived here all of her life on a farm told me that the “transplants” usually have a greater appreciation, love and respect for this land than those who never lived in the city.

I may not get a chance to visit all of our national parks, but I know they are there. There’s a connection that every human has with nature, no matter what their situation is. People who spend their whole lives in the urban rat race are able to cope because they know that somewhere, something is being protected and done right.

Mega-dairies aren’t one of them. Urbanites know it. With just a few corporations controlling our food supply, the public is demanding something better. In any other industry, public demand for a better product would be adhered to, or risk failure.

I’m not willing to risk our future on the failures of industrial farming.
Vicky Grizzoffi
Galena, Ill.

2 Comments

  1. James C. Davis

    June 10, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Vicky:

    Why don’t you go back to the city and leave farmers alone, after all they feed people like you who don’t have a clue where your food comes from. Do you think that milk and hamburger is made in the back of the supermarket you shop in.
    Get Real

  2. John

    June 24, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Mr. Davis, The backs of supermarkets are cleaner than any feed lot and mega farm. Get real dude. You think you are the great OZ but get scared when the curtain gets pulled.

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