Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Factory farms still threaten family farmers

JenWith the rise of the Good Food Movement, it's sometimes easy to forget that family farmers still face tremendous pressure from industrial, corporate-controlled agriculture. Having just returned from a trip to the middle of the country, I can tell you that large-scale, confined animal production agriculture is still going strong. A recent TV news report from Missouri tells a family farmer's story about what it's like to have a large-scale pork operation as your neighbor. Click here to watch Darvin Bentlage, who raises wheat and cattle in Golden City, Missouri, tell his story. As Darvin says, unless these operations are regulated, family farmers will suffer. So too will our natural resources.

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