Today, Tuesday July 31, the New York Times includes an editorial headed, "A Factory Farm Near You." (pg A18.) It opens with:
"Once upon a time, only a decade or so, it wasnt hard to know where factory hog farms were because they were nearly all in North Carolina. But since those days, the practice of crowding together huge concentrations of animals hogs, poultry, dairy cows, beef cattle in the interests of supposed efficiency has spread around the country."
It discusses the spread of factory farming, and the Food and Water Watch group's interactive map tracking that pervasive growth: www.factoryfarmmap.org
And it ends with: "It raises two of the fundamental questions facing American agriculture. Do we pursue the logic of industrialism to its limits in a biological landscape? And how badly will doing so harm the landscape, the people who live in it and the democracy with which they govern themselves?"
You can read the whole piece on line at:
With its focus on environmental damage and loss of local political control, the editorial neglects to mention the plight of the animals on factory farms. Its appearance on the editorial page, however, gives us an opportunity to raise that issue there. Most New York Times readers know nothing of sow gestation crates and little about battery hen cages or indoor dairy farms. Please help spread the shocking news.
If you know little about those issues, there is a wealth of information for you, and disturbing photos, at www.factoryfarming.com
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Date: Tue Jul 31 10:21:28 2007
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