Re: “Selinger Defends Hog Barn Restrictions,” Brandon Sun, April 25.
Any new barns for expansion need to have a better and more advanced method of dealing with the waste produced by their animals, (manure digesters, for instance).
That is not a restriction, as such. That is common sense, as it indicates responsible stewardship that has finally been put in place after many years of lacking regulations.
Manitoba Pork Council says that it is not “viable” for the industry to utilize new technologies for manure treatment. This only shows a lack of respect for Manitobans, the environment and our water sources. It reveals the true reason why the hog industry resists change.
These new technologies cost money, money the industry has not had to spend because past regulations have been designed to allow the industry to pollute. This is called an environmental subsidy.
Now, the province has to establish a manure phosphorus application that is more appropriate to crop utilization.