By Elaine Giessel, Chair, Sierra Club Kansas Chapter
Commodities and myths merge at the "Scenic Overlook" east of Dodge City. It is worth a stop simply because it sums up the current state of Kansas and reminds us why the Kansas Sierra Club continues to fight concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), opposes industrial agriculture, and supports regenerative practices.
The rest area is adjacent to a Koch ammonia fertilizer plant. Below are acres of dusty feedlots, situated above the dry, sandy bed of the Ark River, National Beef Packing Company, and Wyatt Earp Boulevard.
The stench of the stockyards permeates the air -- the smell of money comes with flies. Cattle and cowboys still rule as far away as Topeka.
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