LOCAL people are kicking up a stink about the proposal to use pig poo to supply a power unit for Foston Hall prison.
South Derbyshire District Council has received more than 2,000 objections to Midland Pig’s planning application which involves “substantial waste management” with the protestors particularly worried about smells, noise and animal welfare.
A spokesman from animal welfare group Viva said “Could any farm that big satisfy the welfare of the animals?” The answer to that is yes, if the applicant has done his homework properly.
According to an article in Pig World, July, 2008, the company were in discussion with “Compassion in World Farming” regarding the design of their Stafford unit, so it is highly probable that this large unit, will be a vast improvement on some of the smaller units, scattered through the area.
Ideally, all pigs should be reared organically with access to the outdoors, but because most people are not willing to pay the proper price for quality pork, factory farming will prevail.
The integrated design of this unit incorporating anaerobic digestion, will allow the producer to compete against unregulated foreign imports.
As for the smell, there shouldn’t be any in a properly designed system which pipes the waste directly to the biogas plant.
We believe that local schemes such as this are both logical and environmentally sustainable, and to our way of thinking, far more acceptable than the highly-polluting glorified incinerators which masquerade as “waste-to-energy” systems.