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Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society, Inc.
38 East Market Street, Rhinebeck, New York 12572 USA -  845-876-2626
Vegetarian - Vegan - Animal Rights - Health - Nutrition - Environment

The mission of the Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society, Inc. is to promote the vegetarian ethic in the Mid-Hudson (New York) region, educate the community and aid anyone in the pursuit of a totally vegetarian (vegan) cruelty-free and healthful lifestyle.

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2003 SPECIAL SUMMER HEALING ISSUE

NEWS BRIEF: Blames Hog Farms for Health Problems

Livestock industry officials and the Bush Administration say there's no conclusive proof, but some doctors nonetheless are blaming hog farms for some of their patients' health problems, according to The New York Times.  The article claims that a growing number of scientists and public-health officials around the country have traced a variety of health problems facing neighbors of large livestock farms to concentrated animal waste.

Livestock trade officials and government regulators say more study is needed before any cause and effect can be proved. But, Kaye Kilburn, a University of Southern California professor, who studies the effects of toxic chemicals on the brain, says evidence strongly supports the link between the farms and the illnesses.

The EPA had been planning to give large industrial livestock farms amnesty for violations of the Clean Air Act and other environmental laws. This, despite the fact that people who live near giant hog factories have been complaining for years of neurological damage from hydrogen sulfide gas and other dangerous pollutants produced by vast manure cesspools.

The Times article notes that Iowa environmental officials have recently started conducting hydrogen sulfide and ammonia air-quality tests at six neighborhood locations around hog farms.

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