Down on the big farms
Posted: May 18, 2008
Those rural Hoosiers and their allies who've been resisting the proliferation of large-scale, industrialized livestock farming have gained powerful reinforcements of late.
Whether that power graduates from the informational to the political remains to be seen.
It matters in a lot of areas: environmental quality, public health, animal welfare, the future of family farming and the rural economy. It especially matters in Indiana, whose governor has pledged to double livestock production and whose published data show he's well on his way.
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Many people would like agriculture to return to the days of many smaller farms. While nostalgia feels good to some people, this system required a lot of labor and wasn’t designed to feed the projected 10 billion people that will inhabit this planet by the middle of this century.