October 16, 2018

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95 Noxious Chicken Farms; and Your 5-A-Day

The lifetime asthma rate in Somerset County is 21%, compared to the statewide rate of 12%. In Wicomico County, 1 in 4 children can expect to be diagnosed with the disease, both according to research conducted by the Maryland Asthma Control Program, but there’s something else unique about this part of Maryland.

The residents share their neighborhoods with chickens—millions of them. In Somerset, there are as many as 95 chicken houses within a three-mile radius, according to InsideClimate News.

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Read This Book: Pulphead

The story of “La·hwi·ne·ski: Career of an Eccentric Naturalist” from John Jeremiah Sullivan’s Pulphead: Essays (FSG 2011) gives voice to the more romantic side of humankind’s quest for knowledge and the balance of power on Earth. Utterly moving, eloquent, and full of heart, this essay is a must-read for anyone who finds themselves constantly in awe of the world around them. Here’s an excerpt so you can see for yourself.

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Chicken Farms Are Making it Harder to Breathe on Maryland’s Eastern Shore

Residents of Somerset and Wicomico want the state to investigate the air for pollutants coming from chicken manure. Their elected officials don’t see the need.

There’s a foul smell wafting over Somerset and Wicomico County on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Just over 150,000 people call the two counties home at the southern tip of the peninsula where the Potomac River meets the Chesapeake Bay. Despite the relatively small population, Somerset and Wicomico residents have some of the worst respiratory health rates in the state.

The lifetime asthma rate in Somerset County is 21%, compared to the statewide rate of 12%. In Wicomico County, 1 in 4 children can expect to be diagnosed with the disease, both according to research conducted by the Maryland Asthma Control Program, but there’s something else unique about this part of Maryland.

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