Re: “We Need More Hogs,” Brandon Sun editorial, May 28.
Karl Kynoch, chairman of the Manitoba Pork Council, said there are about one million fewer hogs being produced in Manitoba, and a provincial moratorium on new hog barn development is not helping.
From my understanding of the situation, any new barns for factory hog expansion need to have a better and more advanced method of dealing with the waste produced by their animals, such as manure digesters. That is not a restriction. It is common sense. It indicates responsible and needed water stewardship by the province.
There is no provincial moratorium.
Kynoch said that environment regulations regarding manure management are inappropriate and too costly.
That 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.
Money; the industry has not had to spend because in the past, regulations were so designed that allowed the industry to pollute. That is called an environmental subsidy.
It will not be possible for Lake Winnipeg or any of our waters to survive as long as politics keeps playing its role of constipating the needed efforts of recovery.
Enough is enough: Unregulated production of hogs or caring for the environment, but you can’t have it both ways!
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 29, 2014