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Thread: How America’s food giants swallowed the family farms

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    N.E. Ohio

    Default How America’s food giants swallowed the family farms

    Well worth the read.

    "How America’s food giants swallowed the family farms"
    (and degraded natural resources)

    ...“When we very first were married, we had cattle and calves,” she says. “We raised hogs from farrow to finish, and we had corn, beans, hay and oats. So did everyone around us.” ....while the Kalbachs have hung on to their farm, they long ago abandoned livestock and mixed arable farming for the only thing they can make money at any more – growing corn and soya beans to sell to corporate buyers as feed for animals crammed by the thousands into the huge semi-automated sheds that now dominate farming, and the landscape, in large parts of Iowa...."
....“The system has been set up for the benefit of the factory farm corporations and their shareholders at the expense of family farmers, the real people, our environment, our food system,” ....
    ...“The thing that is really pervasive about it is that they control the rules of the game because they control the democratic process. It’s a blueprint. We’re paying for our own demise.
    “It would be a different argument if it was just based upon inevitability or based on competition. But it’s not based upon competition: it’s based upon squelching competition.”..."

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2014


    I’ve got neighbors that have built houses to feed other people’s hogs. That’s the model these days. They will finance you a building, supply the hogs and you get paid for their care.

    The building may be about shot at the end of the contract, hogs are tough on stuff.

    The pay off is the manure.

    You are truly working for $hit.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2007


    Some farmers might want to try what this farmer in Nebraska did. Here is the link to the article


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