FRESNO – Karen Courtemanche might be getting new neighbors, and she hears their stench is unbearable. Courtemanche lives a mile and a half from the site of a proposed 900,000-chicken farm, but she and other residents aren’t putting out any welcome mats. “I’m sorry, we just don’t want them here,” said Courtemanche, who lives in Lathrop, a city of about 15,000 some 60 miles south of Sacramento. As California’s agricultural heartland becomes increasingly suburban, the state’s egg production has fallen to its lowest level in 50 years. Residents like Courtemanche – as well as developers of a nearby 11,000-home subdivision under construction – don’t want the stench of egg farms near their homes. Until 1991, California was an egg exporter but now brings in eggs from other states to meet demand, Kuney said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The higher costs associated with consumer pressure for more humane, cage-free eggs is another factor, experts say. “The state has grown and grown, and urban encroachment is something that significantly impacts any farmer,” said Doug Kuney, a poultry expert with the University of California, Riverside. “As the farmer fights off development, development fights off animal agriculture and all that comes with it.” The number of chickens in California fell to 19.2 million last year, down from nearly 40 million birds in the 1970s, when egg production reached highs of more than 8.5 billion eggs. The state failed to reach the 5 billion egg mark last year for the first time since 1959, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In fact, Iowa, Ohio, Indiana and Pennsylvania have all passed California, once No. 1 in the U.S.
It’s rare to see such respect between two sets of fans, especially when on the pitch one side has hammered the other 7-1 in their own back yard, but AS Roma and Bayern Munich fans showed their true class on Tuesday night, by applauding each other and then exchanging scarves despite the presence of heavy segregation.Fans only ever seem to make news for deplorable acts, so it’s quite refreshing to see a more respectful side to hardcore support.Bravo.