Arkansas Poultry Companies Defend Litter

by 5m Editor
18 July 2005, at 12:00am

ARKANSAS - Farmer Gene Pharr scoffs at suggestions that chicken litter is a hazardous substance and fears that a lawsuit targeting the industry could have the waste declared a noxious product on a par with industrial solvents, pesticide manufacturing residue and discarded batteries. Decades of spreading chicken waste on the Ozark Mountains have turned the region a lush green, but a federal court lawsuit filed by Oklahoma&#39;s attorney general could stop the practice and, according to Pharr, gut an industry that over 75 years helped transform an isolated region into a vital part of the economy. ``We could see the loss of this industry to this country,&#39;&#39; said Pharr, who keeps 125,000 chickens in five houses on his northwestern Arkansas farm. Tyson Foods Inc., based at Springdale, is the world&#39;s largest meat producer and Arkansas is usually ranked first or second nationally among states in poultry production. <i>Source: KOTV</I>

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