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