Ruf­fling feath­ers

Ex­pert urges county ac­tion on chicken farms

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By CH­ERYL MATTIX

cmat­tix@ce­cil­whig.com

— A Johns Hop­kins pub­lic health ex­pert waded into the al­ready con­tro­ver­sial is­sue of large-scale chicken farms Tues­day, urg­ing Ce­cil County Coun­cil mem­bers to take ac­tion now, while they still have a chance to

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en­act stricter reg­u­la­tions.

The nearly 90-minute dis­cus­sion be­tween Dr. Jil­lian Fry, a pub­lic health ex­pert and project di­rec­tor at the Cen­ter for a Liv­able Fu­ture at the Johns Hop­kins Bloomberg School of Pub­lic Health, and the coun­cil Tues­day morn­ing was watched closely by more than 50 cit­i­zens who are con­cerned about a po­ten­tial surge of cor­po­rate-owned

CE­CIL WHIG FILE PHOTO

A Johns Hop­kins pub­lic health ex­pert urged the Ce­cil County Coun­cil to con­sider stricter reg­u­la­tions on fu­ture con­fined an­i­mal feed­ing op­er­a­tions, such as the Meck Farm near Ear­leville seen here.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY CHERY MATTIX

Dr. Jil­lian Fry, of the Johns Hop­kins Bloomberg School of Pub­lic Health, pro­vides tes­ti­mony on the risks of con­fined an­i­mal feed­ing op­er­a­tions to the county coun­cil.

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