Michigan CAFOs Get Subsidies Despite Mounting Violations, Report Says

"ALLEGAN COUNTY, MI -- The Vande Bunte Eggs farm has racked up more than 200 state permit violations in the past three years.

Despite the high number of violations, no enforcement action has been taken against the farm, technically classified as a concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) that houses about 1.6 million chickens under the Konos Inc. corporate name at its Martin headquarters in Allegan County.

The farm has also benefitted from more than $1 million in federal subsidies.

That doesn't sit well with environmental groups who analyzed 272 large CAFOs in Michigan and concluded that accumulating pollution discharge violations haven't made a dent in the flow of federal dollars that subsidize crop insurance, livestock production and water conservation at state mega-farms."

Garret Ellison reports for the Grand Rapids Press May 25, 2017.

Source: Grand Rapids Press, 05/26/2017