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French language CBC Moncton has done an excellent 10 minute film we all should see. For unilingual english speaking people , the 10 minute film gives fair time to both sides of the argument....... I just wish it could be translated into English so everybody could understand it. Film content shows up-close detail of the filth that flows out of most older farms, and features Stanley Boudreau's model farm.as a good example of progress in the industry.
Roberts Island has 3 mink ranches. Recent: Manure spill addressed (Vanguard )
It was very small spill one of many big truck loads. Where does it all go? Manure should not be spread in the winter since the ground may be frozen and may be washed away by rain or melting snow. Pasture vs. crop fields (Source) Each pelt results in about 100 pounds (50kg) of waste. Year upon year.
Worlds second largest
Aleutian disease laboratory
housed in the
as elementary school.
Oil, Pellets & Power
Mink oil project in works...
Posted September 25, 2013
Business Reporter Spec Environmental Solutions Inc. has registered its proposed mink oil production plant near Concession, Digby County, approval on or before Nov. 14, 2013 More
Comment page is:
Mink farms in N.S. fight uphill public relations battle:
Posted: Sep 30, 2013 12:06 PM AT
Nova Scotia’s largest agricultural export is in the middle of a significant boon, but people who live near mink farms say enough isn’t been done to curb environmental issues.
of Agriculture responds to Frank Thomas letter
the same information we have had since January 2013. Read more...
This email was sent today to Stephem McNeil, and Zach Churchill
October 6, 2013
COLOUR For the South West Nova Scotia!
Nutrients have been building in this river system for years. Excess algae growth has resulted in the accumulation of dead organisms at the bottom of our lakes. These rot and nutrients from previous blooms resurface and spawn new blooms, which die and re-decompose. The continuous addition of mink waste input promisses to perpetuate this process for years to come. ENJOY!
Mike Brylinsky, Research Associate: "This is probably a fall phytoplankton bloom, a common occurrence in stratified lakes. It is a results from cool nights decreasing the temperature, and therefore density, of surface waters which then sink to the bottom which, in turn, causes deeper nutrient rich water to rise to the lake surface. This is called the ‘fall turnover’.
It definitely looks like
a Microcystis bloom � would be helpful if someone
couldd collect a water sample within the bloom and
send it to John Sollows who can preserve the
sample with Lugol’s iodine. I could then have a
look to see if it is Microcystis. Mike"
Lake Fanning Sept 30, 2013
Why did this end?
More than just a lake!
County residents leery of murky lake:
September 20, 2013 - 7:40am
MAYFLOWER — A lake in southwestern Nova Scotia, once
known for its clear pristine water, has for the past
year, looked more like an ice cappuccino. Little Lake
Doucette in Digby County turned that colour last year,
shortly after heavy rains caused run-off from a mink
farm to infiltrate the small spring-fed lake.Folks were
??What happened at Little Lake Doucette??
Last year the lake was clear, you could see the bottom. The lake is now a grayish brown with visibility about 1 foot. Even more dramatic is the alkaline Ph level of 9, which is an unbelievable 5000 times higher than what is normal for lakes in our area. Farm is now off-limits.
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Open letter to Belliveau and MacDonell about fur farming toxins: September 17, 2013 - 19:05 — Guest Editorial
It has been nine months now since the new "Fur Industry Regulations" were enacted. Part of the scheme, we were told, involved the hiring and training of an undetermined number of Agriculture Department inspectors supposedly dedicated to the oversight and enforcement of these new rules. Read Letter
IF EVER THERE WAS A TIME TO MAKE OUR WISHES KNOWN IT IS NOW BEFORE THE ELECTION!!!!
Daily Business Buzz: Articles concerning mink 2009-2013. Brush up on the history of why we are very concerned about the proliferation of factory farms in our area.
Counties: Annapolis County | Digby County ( Hilltown) (Little Lake Doucette) | Kings County
|July 26, 2013 - 07:37 —
Polluted lakes the result of money and jobs at all costs, says watershed group:
Referring to a photo distributed with a news release Thursday, the Tricounty Watershed Protection Association urged citizens to "Stop YOUR lake from looking like this.
Links: Dead Zones :
Could it happen here?
1. Huge 'Dead Zone' Predicted in Gulf of Mexico
2. Dead Zones:
3. 2 NS beaches closed due to high bacteria levels
4. Government Information
Information is being compiled on the situation in Annapolis.
NS: Mink farmer granted setback variance in Kings County
Flies: I am hoping to get in touch
with a contact or contacts who have an
interest in better controlling filth flies on
mink farms ...More
A personal story.....of love of family, and pollution, and despair. Lake Fanning
"Boar's Back dump site shows the humps formed by individual truckloads of mink farm waste/bedding/sawdust/manure ..that were probably deposited there up to a year before... MORE
Little Lake Doucette. Digby County
*Video of manure trail from lake to mink farm. Reported Dec 2012 to Dept of Agriculture. * Brown Water 2013
*Letter From: "MacDonell, Hon. John A
2013 Latest Pictures of Bloom and what is that on Little Lake Doucette?? AERIAL PICS COMING SOON!!!
Mink stink "greenwash" petitionA group citizens in Yarmouth and Digby County are fed up with what they consider the "greenwashing" of the true environmental costs of industrial strength mink ranching which seems to be exploding in their neighbourhood
Passion & Pollution
The members of our group have given
tirelessly of themselves for years for no other reason
than to protect SW Nova Scotia fresh water and
possibly protect you from this pollution. Please join us
in this fight.
From some of the cyanobacteria experts I've communicated with it could take decades or more for the excess nutrients to clear, even if all pollution was magically stopped now - also because the phosphate present is a particularly pure form (85% food grade phosphorus diluted and used in food preparation for mink) is not readily taken up in the normal fashion. Really think we're in for a very long haul. The heavy rain brings even more contamination into the watershed from the polluted land base and wetlands. Think many folks are in a bit of despair over this and no longer fighting. Many properties are up for sale on the watershed.
Factory farming, especially for such a frivolous use, should be banned. If this keeps up, we're going to end up with dead zones along the coast - which could spell the end of the fishing industry. DH
THIS LINKS TO AN INTERACTIVE MAP.
Just touch pin in area of interest and ZOOOOM in. Many thanks to Ty Savoy.
Letters: Don't just bury it in the woodsMay 17, 2013 - 13:05 — Timothy Gillespie
A friend heard about an open, well-used commercial gravel pit that has been stacked with dozens, if not hundreds, of truckloads of mink farm waste and wanted me to see it.
Editors note: there are close to 40 mink farms within a 10-mile radius of Moody's Corner. A map of all of the fur farms in Nova Scotia can be found HERE. There are almost 2 million mink raised and processed in Nova scotia each year.
Jocelyne Rankin responds to new fur industry regulations
Jocelyne Rankin (Water
Coordinator Ecology Action Centre,
Halifax): On-camera interview with Bob
Murphy – CBC
Fur Farm Regs Not Enough: Nova Scotia
Almost 2 million animals, mainly foxes and minks, are killed for their fur in Nova Scotia. Not only are these animals subjected to hell on Earth, these large-scale industrial operations are wreaking havoc on the local environment. To appease residents, the Government of Nova Scotia recently announced new fur farm regulations with a focus on "protecting the environment". MORE....
manure beside the Tusket River?
|lNEW FUR INDUSTRY ACT|
Regulations_Fur Industry Act 2013 .pdf | Plain language version:
Citizens critique of problems with the new Fur Industry Regulations
We've identified some twenty sections in the regulations (out of fifty) that need extensive rewrites. There are issues with Minimum Separation Distances (MSD's), water and soil sampling, administrative exemptions, manure storage, carcass disposal, etc.
Pollution is the result of poor zoning, Council has the power to stop it, with zoning and bylaws. Submission to Yarmouth Municipal Council by Tricounty Watershed Association Presented by Julia Bancroft Feb 27, 2013
"Every avenue was explored to bring the issue of pollution to all levels of government, all media was involved. All was in vain because we did not have proper municipal zoning in place to stop the mink farms from setting up their industry beside lakes and rivers. Mr MacDonell minister of agriculture was here to listen to the concerns of hundreds of citizens and assured us that there would not be any expansion of this industry until the regulations were in place. More ...
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6. Mink loans don't satisfy pollution activist
7. Regulations a complete wreck, says Suzuki Foundation
8. Elizabeth May warns Environment Canada merger
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Cyanobacteria (Blue Green Algae)
Mink Manure Problem
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Trust: I would really like to believe that they know what they are doing, but what has happened does not instill confidence. The government has not been kind to this end of the province. Times are hard, children move away. No one wants to discourage the industrious. But: what is happening in the pictures above? Transparency is a good for water and a good start towards trusting.
*Composting does not remove phosphates from manure.
*Biodegradability does not make products safe for the environment, in fact it can often make them worse.
*Pollution is not a necessary bi-product of agriculture.
*Asking your neighbour to clean up his yard does not mean you want him to go away.
*Algae blooms are just a small part of what is happening in river and lake ecosystems that are inundated with nutrients.
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