Speaking of CAFOs, Turner County is trying again to craft zoning regs that would allow Sonstegard Foods to concentrate six million laying hens just outside of Parker. Judge Tim Bjorkman overturned Turner County’s first zoning revamp last month based on the county’s failure to notify the public of changes it made to the ordinance. Now the county has posted a new draft zoning ordinance and scheduled a public meeting for next week Tuesday, November 3, 7 p.m., at the Turner County Courthouse in Parker.
Opponents of the egg factory are circulating the below flyer to encourage residents to attend:
Among other changes, the draft zoning ordinance removes a requirement that increases the setback distances between CAFOs and existing structures and towns based on the number of animal units and instead sets flat setbacks of half-mile from houses, businesses and parks, and two miles from town for the all Large Class A CAFOs. The same distances would apply to the Sonstegard egg factory whether they have 600,000 or 6,000,000 laying hens.
Turner County residents in general and Parker residents in particular, if you have questions, Tuesday’s zoning meeting is a good chance to ask them.
Tangentially Related: Now that McDonald’s has all-day breakfast (now we have reached the End of History), I notice that a Sausage McMuffin costs $1.00, while a Sausage Egg McMuffin costs $2.99. That allegedly freshly cracked Grade A egg adds two dollars to the cost of my sandwich. It might be cost-efficient for me to crack, fry, and pack my own egg to McDonald’s. But if six million hens can lay four million eggs each day, that’s eight million dollars’ worth of McMuffin topping coming out of the proposed Parker poultry pit each day, or $2.9 billion a year.