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Farmers want ‘Big Chicken’ held responsible

Environmentalists and farmers want “Big Chicken” to pay. Fifty-five farmers signed a petition sent to Gov. Martin O’Malley on Thursday, asking him to hold large poultry producers responsible for pollution from chicken houses seeping into the Chesapeake Bay. The petition circulated by Environment Maryland says companies like Salisbury-based Perdue Inc. and Tyson Foods Inc. keep ...

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  1. Jennifer Kalmanson

    In addition to just having to take responsibility for their externalized costs of pollution, Big Chicken needs to also take responsibility for all the ways they push responsibility out of their ledgers: labor conditions of the farmers, quality of life for the chickens, and the impacts their contract-farms have on local communities (i.e., more money needs to stay in the farming communities to develop local resources such as school and public safety, with fewer profits going back to Big Chicken). Getting Big Chicken to own up to and pay for its environmental crimes is a good start, but it’s only a start.

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