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Farms Not Factories
Working to ensure natural resource stewardship and sustainable agriculture in the Lake Superior Basin.
Working to ensure natural resource stewardship and sustainable agriculture in the Lake Superior Basin.
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Mike Wiggins, Jr., former chairman of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe Tribe, is a life-long resident of northern Wisconsin. He speaks eloquently about the importance of protecting and conserving our environment so it will continue to provide for future generations.

The proposed Badgerwood CAFO is sited in the Fish Creek Watershed and the 10 million gallons of manure produced yearly by 26,000 hogs will be land-spread or injected into farm fields in the Fish Creek Watershed, less than 8 miles from Lake Superior.

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Jeff Bodin is a fourth generation fisherman and runs Bodin's Fisheries, a family-owned fish house in Bayfield, Wisconsin. He's concerned about the impact the proposed Badgerwood CAFO, with its 26,000 hogs and 10 million gallons of manure (produced annually), will have the fisheries of Lake Superior. 

The proposed Badgerwood CAFO is sited in the Fish Creek Watershed and the 10 million gallons of manure produced yearly by 26,000 hogs will be land-spread or injected into farm fields in the Fish Creek Watershed, less than 8 miles from Lake Superior. 

The Wisconsin DNR estimated that the Fish Creek watershed accounted for 20 percent of Lake Superior’s self-sustaining, migratory fisheries and spawned 47,000 one-year-old migratory trout and young-of-the year Coho salmon in the 1990s.

The Badgerwood CAFO and the farm fields that will receive its manure is upstream from this sensitive and important fish spawning and nursery grounds and, given the self-reporting/self-regulating nature of the CAFO industry, is extremely vulnerable to the water pollution that often accompanies industrial agriculture.

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Deb Lewis is the Mayor of Ashland, Wisconsin and she's deeply concerned about the impact the proposed Badgerwood CAFO's 26,000 hogs and 10 million gallons of manure will have on the drinking water of Ashland's 8,130 citizens. 

The proposed Badgerwood CAFO is sited in the Fish Creek Watershed and the 10 million gallons of manure produced yearly by 26,000 hogs will be land-spread or injected into farm fields in the Fish Creek Watershed, less than 8 miles from Lake Superior. The threat to Ashland's drinking water from agricultural run-off can not be overstated because they get their drinking water from the Chequamegon Bay in Lake Superior. 

Mayor Lewis is right to be concerned; her constituents drinking water is at risk due to the expansion of factory farms into the Lake Superior Basin.

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The Dangers brought by CAFOs. What happens after a CAFO comes to your area?
Q & A at After The Siting Event held at Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center on February 28, 2015. This occurred after the presentations also posted on this page.

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The Dangers brought by CAFOs. What happens after a CAFO comes to your area?
Dr John Ikerd, Professor Emeritus of Agricultural & Applied Economics University of Missouri:  Presentation at After The Siting Event held at Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center on February 28, 2015.

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The Dangers brought by CAFOs. What happens after a CAFO comes to your area?
Lynn Utesch, a grass-fed-cattle farmer from Kewaunee County Wisconsin:  Presentation at After The Siting Event held at Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center on February 28, 2015.

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The Dangers brought by CAFOs. What happens after a CAFO comes to your area?
Gordon Stevenson, 26 year veteran of the Wisconsin DNR and former chief of run-off management:  Presentation at After The Siting Event held at Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center on February 28, 2015.

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The Dangers brought by CAFOs. What happens after a CAFO comes to your area?
Dr Keeve Nachman PhD, Director Food Production and Public Health Program at Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future: Presentation at After The Siting Event held at Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center on February 28, 2015.
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