The chemical disaster that has engulfed the Ohio town of East Palestine has local farmers worried about the safety of the agricultural products they’ll be able to produce in the affected area. WKBN27 news reports:
Traci Meek and her husband run Buck Berry Farms in East Palestine. They sell soaps, candles and food made from their animals. The Meeks made their way back Wednesday and so far, reported no noticeable changes.
“We haven’t lost any chickens which would be the first to go because of their respiratory systems,” Meek said.
During the time they were evacuated, their animals couldn’t get the care needed.
“We have some bottle calves that are here and not being able to be here and be evacuated or being able to come back in, we were unable to feed him,” Meek said.
The Ohio Farm Bureau and Ohio Department of Agriculture got involved and they were able to get in to feed their animals. Now, the Meeks are concerned about the long-term effects of the derailment and controlled release.
“The land, the pasture they’re eating on is it safe from them to eat that,” Meek said.
She’s also concerned about other products she uses from local farmers to care for her animals, and how it will affect the product she sells.
“The big issue is what I am now going to be producing, is it safe?” Meek said.
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