Last month, a non-profit formed by three well-to-do neighbors living downwind of the proposed Wholestone Foods hog slaughterhouse in northeast Sioux Falls published a poll showing strong opposition to doubling down on the livestock stink of South Dakota’s biggest city. Now Citizens for a Sustainable Sioux Falls is working to show that it is more than three guys who can afford a Beltway pollster. Thursday the group issued an open letter to the Sioux Falls City Council listing 57 Sioux Falls businesses and other organizations that want the city to stop the slaughterhouse until somebody studies the environmental and economic impact of adding another giant meat factory to the city:
Pay attention, City Council: the biggest signer on that list may be Bluestem Capital, led by Steve Kirby, who chairs the gubernatorial campaign of Kristi Noem, who said last June that she doesn’t want any more thieving meatpackers. City officials keep saying they don’t have any authority to stop the meatpacking plant; maybe Kirby’s signature on this letter signals that his friend Kristi will tell her pet Department of Agriculture (and Natural Resources) to find a reason to stop this project.
More money talking on this list is Bird Dog Equity Partners, led by venture capitalists Paul Schock, Kyle Schock, and Chad Hatch, and POET Ethanol. The opponents also have Greens (the Sierra Club) and God (Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church) on their side.
The resistors include online marketing firm Arvig Media, call center Dakota Performance Solutions, and The Original Pancake House, so watch out: these guys can flood the web with anti-hog propaganda, crank out a hundred thousand telemarketing calls telling people to call their city council members, and then stage protests on 41st Street and feed their protestors a big pancake breakfast (surely with a big side of sausage).
It is interesting that, instead of opening its declaration of war on Wholestone with the names of individual citizens, Citizens for a Sustainable Sioux Falls is speaking in the name of mostly businesses and a handful of non-profits. The organizers seem to believe that the best way to mobilize opposition to a big, stinky pork plant is to speak in the name of businesses that bring home the bacon in Sioux Falls.