Aug 4, 2014

Silence from Wisconsin Pols on Big Ag's Pollution of Water

News that Ohio's fourth largest city issued a 'Don't Drink the Water' mandate, citing phosphorous concerns caused by runoff of Big Ag brought forth a swift reaction from Wisconsin politicians running for governor: Silence.

"We now have enough evidence on CAFOs [concentrated agricultural feeding operation ] – Agriculture’s lack of responsibility – destruction of our water quality and quantity. Wisconsin will become the next Ohio if you do not take action soon. We are fighting this problem as residents of Wisconsin, it would be helpful if our government would fight with us instead of against us. We believe in Wisconsin water quality and quantity to attract tourism and businesses, when will our representatives?" said Nancy Koch, a resident of Saratoga, Wisconsin.

Koch and the citizen group Protect Wood County are fighting a proposed, massive concentrated agricultural feeding operation CAFO in central Wisconsin by the Wysocki Family of Companies that would produce the same overabundance of phosphorous and other toxins that caused the drinking water poisoning in Ohio.

"Family" is an ironic term by this corporation that is deliberately poisoning Wisconsin residents.

And politicians including Scott Walker's presumptive Democratic Party opponent, Mary Burke, have thus far proven themselves silent accomplices.

Two exceptions: Dana Duncan and Tom Rayome, the two Democratic candidates running for the 72nd Assembly District primary election on August 12 in the district encompassing in large part the site of the proposed massive Wysocki CAFO. See Democrats: We’ll stand up to CAFOs, Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune.

Duncan or Rayome will face Wisconsin State Rep. Scott Krug (R-Wisconsin Rapids), a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and ally to Scott Walker. Both ALEC and Walker are heavily financed by Big Ag.

Don't hold your breath for a Mary Burke press release blasting ALEC, Walker and Big Ag; issues such as the health of Wisconsin citizens and the environment appear to be beneath Burke as well for reasons surpassing explanation.

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