Something strange happens in the French rural world: the French cows are dying and nobody knows very well why it is. Several farms in the northwestern part of the country have been denouncing a strange increase in mortality in their cattle for years, and they attribute it to the installation of electricity wind turbines around their farms. Although they have gained some space in the media, there is no scientific evidence to support their theories.
The only thing that is verifiable is that the cows are dying and no one knows why
Hundreds Two livestock farms in western France have been reporting the death of their cows for six years. Since 2013, more than 250 cattle have lost their lives on pastures and farms, without experts being able to find the cause, as explained in this BBC report. However, farmers believe they have identified the culprit: the generators and transmitters of energy installed in the surroundings. They assure that before its appearance this phenomenon did not exist.
Symptoms . The problem is not only that the mortality rate has been multiplied by four in five years, but also that the symptoms of the animals are worrisome. According to Muriel Portiron, responsible for a Nantes farm, their cows behave bizarrely since a wind farm was installed in 2012: “There are days when cows do not want to eat or drink. In addition, they are constantly tired and show a very strange behavior. ” Similarly, from the neighboring farm ensure that the temperament of their animals has also changed.
Water and soil. In this other article, The Telegraph gives voice to farmers in other parts of France who blame the problem on the electricity they have detected in the water or on the ground. According to one of them, the voltmeter that stuck in the ground gave him a potential difference that confirmed his hypothesis: the voltage tower, the telephone antenna and the wind farm located a few kilometers from his farm could be responsible for the death of the 200 cattle of his farm. A few kilometers further, in La Prénessaye, another farmer claims that his specimens have calved dead and blind calves for the same reason.
The French cows behave bizarrely since a wind farm was installed in 2012
Is there evidence? The Organization for Electrical Safety in French Farms has conducted several examinations in farms such as Nantes and the final results do not give the reason to the farmers. According to its president to the BBC , “there is no explanation” related to electrical safety that supports the death of of the French cows. And, of course, this type of resolutions so far from the evidence reported by farmers is only raising the conspiracy tone of this phenomenon.
While it is very unlikely that wind turbines have something to do, based on the available science, the phenomenon is real. And their deaths, a mystery.
Real impact . While there are studies that talk about the environmental impact of wind farms in birds, there are none about the effects that their electricity can produce on livestock. The first problem is real, to the point that the Spanish Ornithological Society has achieved that a wind energy company design an infrastructure without blades that does not endanger the lives of animals.
This shows that the simple fact of knowing and measuring the causes of a problem makes it possible to put pressure on the right groups in search of solutions; something that French farmers, for the moment, are very far from achieving.
Finally, it is important to bear in mind that this is an issue where the voices of a few farmers fighting for their rights and for the right to life of French cows are pitted against the millionaire interests of non-conventional energy generating companies. Who will be right? Perhaps one day it will be possible to find out.