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Updated Building Codes in Manitoba Apply Only To New Hog Barns. Why?

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Barn Fire Kills 4000 Hogs (Free Press 23 May) - Letter to the Editor There are not many experiences as horrifying as trapped animals being burnt alive and the stench of death after the fire.          Kichiro Sato AP I consider this great loss and the multitude of previous hog barn fires can be attributed to the failure of our government(s) to protect the welfare of animals and those who take care of them.  Where was the stand of the Pork Council and the Association of Manitoba Municipalities.? Shouldn't they have been questioning the lack of appropriate safety codes and regulations.? Regulations and codes that would help  protect "the Industry" that they helped to spawn, nurture and expand over the past decade and more?.                                                                                   For years, Hog Watch organizations and rural people complained that those huge hog  factories being constructed as ordinary farm buildings, was wrong for t

Iraq and Syria Under Attack From Devastating Alien Weed

FAO - May 24th - UN Rome - Silverleaf nightshade takes root in Lebanon and Jordan too. Details here. PLT - Globalization strikes another blow - against farmers. l.p.