Whose Manure Is It Anyway? | WYPR

Whose Manure Is It Anyway?

Feb 3, 2016

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Maryland’s Eastern Shore has a lot of chickens...and enough chicken manure to fill M&T Bank Stadium twice every year. That manure is a major Chesapeake Bay pollutant. Last summer Governor Hogan enacted a regulation that restricts how much chicken litter farmers can spread on fields. Now advocates are supporting legislation that would place the burden of disposing of that extra manure on poultry companies, taking farmers and taxpayers out of the equation. The industry says it’s already doing its part. We’re joined by Michelle Merkle of Food & Water Watch, and Carole Morison, a former contract grower for Perdue. We’ll also hear this hour from Perdue Farms spokesperson Julie DeYoung