Is ‘factory farming’ an accurate description of modern agriculture?

| | September 26, 2018

I’ve lived in four states on the East Coast and Gulf, and I’ve never found myself wanting come harvest time …. I’m consistently awed at what this season has to offer.

Untold hours of expertise (and trial and error experimentation) have allowed farmer Joe/Jane to hone their craft. Hardship and conflict — but also success and boastful pride — is embedded in every grain of corn or head of lettuce …. And then someone has to ruin the (still budding) nostalgia and say X is just a “factory farm.”

What does that imply? Based on campaigns I’ve seen, it suggests …. ecological permissiveness and profiteering. All orchestrated by scheming corporations that oversee “mega-farms” …. Tank the environment long-term for short-term profits. We report to the shareholders. Take the money and run!

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Thinking about all of the steps leading to harvest, here are some common factors to consider — and why “factory farm” is one of the most disingenuous phrases in the playbook …. Most farms use technology to streamline their operations, from preparation to seeding to harvest.

Pests and diseases are always eyeballing their next meal ticket …. pesticides are still a necessity …. GMOs ….Definitely corporate supplied, but is it much different from procuring supplies from a local cooperative? And organic fertilizer and pesticides are just as corporate as any other ….

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  1. I grew up on a mixed farm during the 40’s, and 50’s. A farmer was a “jack of all trades” and usually master at none. Henry Ford made cars on an assembly line we thought that was good. It was a factory with specialized people at each step of the way. We thought that was better. Now everything we use, wear and consume come though a factory and we never give it a second thought. Farms have become more specialized, there are fruit farms, vegetable farms, egg farms (they still use chickens), beef farms and hog farms and grain farms. They have become more specialized and they also rely on other experts such as veterinarians, accountants, soil scientists, entomologists and such. My question is, at what point does a farm become a “factory farm? is it the number of acres? the number of animals? the dollar value of the operation? Is it the fact that the farm is incorporated? 97% of family farms are incorporated, it is the best way to keep the farm in the family. To me, the term factory farm is a compliment because it is the best way of doing the job. So until you want a hand crafted cell phone or a car from the blacksmith shop–THINK AGAIN.

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