By Kent Scheer
A Local Storytelling Project
When you live in a farming region, like we do, you will hear the occasional complaint about a plane over-spraying herbicide on someone's roses or about a family who lost their well from water pollution. We tend to skim past these accounts. Maybe that's because it's not anyone we really know or even because it just sounds like complaining.
But, hear that story firsthand from the man or woman who lived it and it is no longer forgettable. These cases of industrial ag carelessness bring real illness, anger, and despair. People stay awake, lose gardens, throw away sheets and pillowcases, and even move. Dreams are lost and lives are changed.
Toxic Taters is making a collection of personal stories from people whose lives have been affected by neighboring large-scale agricultural excess. The purpose is to show just how real and life changing this can be. Examples worth telling would be families experiencing water pollution, run-off, chemical overspray, noise pollution, or overwhelming odors.
If you have a story please share it. You can begin by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
No matter what your writing ability, if you tell it to your best, people will listen.