Bettejo Dux has lived on the cosmic Garden
Island of Kaua'i for over 40 years.
Bettejo is a regular opinion writer in the Garden Island news
and is the author of the famed novella, "The Scam."
Her latest fiction"Children of extinction"is now released and available on Amazon!
Bettejo has a gift of mingling
the present, the past, and the future.
Kauai County has approved building permits for a proposed dairy farm in Mahaulepu funded by Pierre Omidyar, eBay founder and Hawaii’s wealthiest resident.
Why so many of us object to
a milk factory in Poipu, Kaua'i?
...“Factory farm pollution turns drinking water – a basic substance we need to survive – into a silent killer,” said Elisabeth Holmes, staff attorney at the Center for Food Safety. “These industrial operations pollute our air and water under the guise of agriculture.... lawsuits will help safeguard public health and the environment.”
“Congress gave citizens the right to act to protect themselves when regulatory agencies fail to do so,” said an attorney in court on the mainland. “Citizens have no option but to act when their families’ health is at stake.”
“Unlawful dumping of manure at industrial dairies hurts the environment, the community, and our food supply,” said Jessica Culpepper, staff attorney at Public Justice. “When these same factories do not report their toxic air emissions, the public is endangered and left in the dark and we are standing up on behalf of those harmed to change that.”
"Fast Food, Fat Profits highlights what is arguably one of the most disturbing health trends of the 21st century – the fact that today’s generation may be the first to live a shorter lifespan than their parents, and this is a direct result of too much cheap (nutrient-deficient and toxin-laden) food. Avoiding processed food requires a change in mindset, which is not always an easy task. It CAN be done, however. Rather than looking at processed foods as a convenience that tastes good or saves money, try thinking of it as:
Extra calories that harm your body
A toxic concoction of foreign chemicals and artificial flavors that will lead to disease
A waste of money
Likely to lead to increased health care bills for you and your family."
Do you eat to fill your belly? Or do you eat to nourish your body?
Do you understand the relationship between ingesting nourishing food and good health?
How much green pasture does a healthy grazing milk cow need? A general rule of thumb for grown cows is about 2 animals per five acres."
Factor in the stench--cow poo is not perfume--which is wafted in the wind. So, if you live close to this ill-conceived and badly maintained and managed milk factory--2ooo cows on five hundred acres which produces a nasty liquid for profit not for nourishment-- a gas mask when the wind blows wrong might come in handy.
Now factor in flies. Flies are unpleasant. Under the best of circumstances. They are not the healthiest of neighbors and they, too, are wind-borne. Think of them as tiny living drones that carry disease and discomfort. You'd complain if a neighbor's yard was so filthy it grew flies on an open garbage dump. In this instance a caring Health Department would involve itself. Sadly, however, we cannot know what it'd do for milk factory flies on Kauai.
Most likely it'd decide they were good flies...
...which, unlike feral cats, crowing roosters, and barking dogs, should not be diminished, destroyed, or defamed.
Fast profits? Just say 'no'.
Bettejo breaking bread and
discussing life with her friend
and mentor, Richard Dawkins.
For further reading on this subject read "Dairy on a ferry."
Mr. Saylor lives on Kaua'i 6 months of the year....
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