Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Farm pollution lawsuit spurs public relations battle
Poultry industry, environmental groups fund lawyers for national bellwether
Labels: Ag, Ag and the Chesapeake Bay, Ag Environmentalism, Ag Save Farm Families, Chesapeake Bay, Enviro Waterkeeper Alliance, Environmentalism, MD co Eastern Shore Delmarva
By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun
March 19, 2012
With a catch in her throat, Kristin Hudson talks in a video posted online about her young daughter asking if "they" will take away her daddy's farm.
The video, featured on SaveFarmFamilies.org rallied farmers and others across the country to the side of an Eastern Shore farm couple fighting an environmental group's lawsuit alleging that the farm polluted a Chesapeake Bay tributary.
The Web-based organization has raised more than $200,000 to date from Perdue Farms, agricultural groups and other farmers to help Alan and Kristin Hudson pay legal bills in the 2-year-old case, according to one of the group's leaders. Meanwhile, two Maryland foundations with environmental agendas have poured a comparable amount into supporting the suit filed by the Waterkeepers Alliance… http://www.baltimoresun.com/features/green/bs-gr-chicken-farmer-campaign-20120319,0,1037150,full.story
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