Friday, October 26, 2007

Life in the modern world.

Plans to establish Europe's largest free-range chicken farm have sparked fears that Edinburgh's water supply could be contaminated with life-threatening parasites, experts have warned.

Glenrath Farms hopes to house about 300,000 chickens on land in Peebles-shire and has submitted a planning application to the local authority.

However, residents are worried that an aqueduct, which runs under the land and carries the capital's water supply from the Talla and Fruid reservoirs, could be compromised.

This story in my opinion highlights one of the most pressing problems of modern life in the western world. We all want the benefits but we don't want the consequences. People don't like factory farming but we all want lots of cheep food. We don't want a dump next to our house but we all want to purchase lots of items and then throw them out when the no longer satisfy our perceived needs.

Now I don't pretend to have an answer to Edinburgh's problem of the chicken farm dilemma. All I do know is that the people of Edinburgh eat a lot of chicken, and it comes from somewhere.

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