Pressure On Danish Hog Production

by 5m Editor
12 June 2004, at 12:00am

DENMARK - The Danish Nature Preservation Society is urging the EU Commission to pressure the Government on what it calls Denmark's breaking-point hog production.

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Pressure is rising on Danish pork producers. The Danish Nature Preservation Society has announced plans to approach the EU Commission on this country's hog production industry. EU Environment Commissioner Margot Wallstrom has previously voiced concern that such a large level of pork production in a small country like Denmark could be problematic.

The environment group's latest move was spurred by concerns about Western Jutland's Nissum Fjord. The fjord is a protected sanctuary for aquatic birds, but because of manure from outlying hog farms, the vegetation on the bottom of the fjord has changed from eelgrass into algae, deteriorating living conditions for bird species that feed in and around the fjord.

The chairman of the Danish Nature Preservation Society, Poul Henrik Harritz, says he expects the EU Commission's involvement in Danish manure pollution issues to lead to a change in policy, including a halt on permits for increased hog production.

Source: eFeedLink - 11th June 2004

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