… "I've lived here all my life," said Larry Blankenship, 78, surveying the barns stacked in rows a few hundred feet across his back yard, separated by a short stretch of grass from his soybean fields. "We've been told we can't do anything about this. We must've talked to 10 to 15 lawyers. We talked to the city. Nobody seems to want to help us. Nobody seems to want to go against Tyson. I eventually called Tyson and told them, 'you've ruined my life"…

 

 

Tyson Expansion Pits Longtime Farmers Against Meat Supply Giant

Aided by GOP legislation, the proliferation of factory farms is making parts of West Tennessee 'uninhabitable' for residents.

 

By Anita Wahdwani, Tennessee Lookout

via Patch News - May 3, 2021

 

BEECH BLUFF, TN — Larry Blankenship and his wife, Monica, lived in a trailer on his father's farm for more than 30 years while saving for a home of their own.

 

They finally did in 2019, moving into a pretty one-story ranch built where their trailer used to be. But their joy was short-lived; the weekend they moved in, a line of backhoes and construction equipment rumbled past their driveway to the property next door, breaking ground on what will soon become a massive chicken farming operation.

 

Three enormous chicken houses—metal-roofed barns about as long as the Washington Monument is tall—are now under construction a stones' throw away from their back porch. Each will house a steady cycle of at least 25,000 birds at a time and the waste they produce —an equivalent to the urine and feces produced by 16,000 humans in each barn, according to estimates by the Sierra Club.

 

The Blankenships worry about the smells coming from chicken waste, the impact of the waste leaching into local creeks, streams and rivers that supply their water and the eyesore of industrial farming next door.

 

"I've lived here all my life," said Larry Blankenship, 78, surveying the barns stacked in rows a few hundred feet across his back yard, separated by a short stretch of grass from his soybean fields. "We've been told we can't do anything about this. We must've talked to 10 to 15 lawyers. We talked to the city. Nobody seems to want to help us. Nobody seems to want to go against Tyson. I eventually called Tyson and told them, 'you've ruined my life."

 

Monica Blankenship said the couple has wavered over speaking publicly...

 

A "putrid" smell ... 

 

"No Tyson" groups proliferate ... 

 

'Industry disguised as agriculture' ...

 

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