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Gobble, gobble toil and trouble.

In regards to your recent article "Talking Turkey about Biofuels" (In Brief November/December 2005), I noticed that our local southwest Ohio newspaper ran the following on December 29: "Governor Closes Plant Due to Smell. Springfield, Missouri: A foul-smelling plant that turns turkey byproducts into fuel oil was ordered closed by the governor Wednesday until the company finds a way to clear the air." The plant was cited numerous times last year by state environmental officials and agreed to improve its odor-control systems. But according to Governor Matt Blunt, the smell continued.

I'm not at all sure there is anything about the above operation that is environmentally friendly enough (including the lifestyles of the turkeys) to make the finished product worthwhile.

Meg Vaughn

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It saddens me to read your article on biofuels made of turkey body parts. Even if you don't consider that the waste generated from factory farms is one of the top polluters in the country, that the grains being fed to turkeys could be consumed directly by humans or made into biofuels, and that factory farms use huge amounts of water, you have to consider the enormous suffering the animals endure from the moment they are born until the moment they are slaughtered.

That should be enough to not support using these animals for making biofuels. As an environmentalist, I do not want to cause suffering to anything, wild or domestic. Let's all join together for a cleaner and more peaceful world.

David Frisk

Encinitas, CA
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Title Annotation:ADVICE & DISSENT: Letters from our readers
Author:Frisk, David
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Date:Mar 1, 2006
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