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Opinion

Big Ag must be held to account for bay pollution

Dan Rodricks' arguments for protecting the Chesapeake Bay from pollution from chicken farms could have been even stronger ("Larry Hogan has a chance to be a green governor," Dec. 13).

I'd love to see The Sun look into the facts behind the idea that environmental regulation is "tough on chicken farmers."

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Big Agriculture wants the burden of environmental protection to fall on small farmers.

We see the same pattern over and over: The big poultry companies have all the leverage, so they move the work outside the corporate structure, along with the pollution, the responsibility and the risk.

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It's all perfectly legal and predictable. But we could do something about it: we could pass legislation, hopefully at a national level, to make the large poultry corporations responsible to a degree commensurate with their level of control.

We'd have to pay more for our chicken — maybe — but what we eat might come with lower levels of bay pollution, feed-lot antibiotics and guilt.

Steve Tulloss, Ellicott City


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