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Just what has happened to our farming/livestock culture in America? Everywhere I turn, I read more stories about livestock farms expanding and growing to record levels --- to meet consumer demands. Now, these MEGAFARMS which are putting a "WALMART" style --- "pack em in and up the roof --- damn the torpedos or in this case environmental and health impact, we need more $/per sq. inch of space" -----

When will it end? When millions die from induced cattle, genetically engineering poultry, poisoned water supplies? I am no left wing kook nor liberal advocate, but just what in the H3LL is going on with our culture?

Read this article on MEGAFARMING and please let me know if you can help me understand/validate any of the claims....I personally don't truly understand it all --- all in the name of consumer greed? I really doubt it --- I think it is due to the greed of the corporations and their creation of this "outrageous food demands driving prices down" --- Hell, I would pay more for food if I knew that it was grown on small farms with safe and careful guidelines and helping to patronize families instead of MEGAFARM conglomerates.... Anyone have any opinions/input on this? I don't mean to be like Chicken Little here --- but is the sky falling in the farming industry like it seems? Or I am just totally missing the picture and really out of the loop on this. Educate me, please!
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http://www.daytondailynews.com/project/content/project/farm/1201overview.html

and this one Howard Dean and his plans:

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/politics/6516291.htm

Maybe I need to get and raise my own animals for food. ;)
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I agree with you about the small farmers getting burned at times by their own hands ---- the Monsanto's of the world pacify and promise to increase production and making yields greater with new batches of chemicals --- all in the name of "science and progress" --- While I am not against fertilization by non-organic means, I am against the greedy bastards who have tried to pull this "Jim Jones koolaid parties" with the consumers and retailers of the country. Poisoning the very food and the animals that we have to consume for nourishment --- all in the name of increased profit and "to meet this new demand" --- Haven't we always had to eat food? What is this new demand for eating? Maybe we are eating too much --- maybe we need to stop buying or at least force laws that will place GROWN IN MEGAFARMS labels on all of the food we purchase. Who knows... I ramble.

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Partsman, I appreciate you taking the time to share some true insight on this. I will never condemn someone for sharing their side of the story or offering some much needed insight into controversial issues such as this. Did you read the first article above on the first link in my original post on this thread? It is long and complicated but it seems to spell out a lot of the "unsanctioned and monster farming basics" --- like instead of 10,000 chickens per building, we now have 100,000 in the same sized building with extremely tight living quarters and poor quality of life and therefore more chance for disease, infection, & problems for consumers. What about the thread earlier in the week about genetically engineering crops and the studies on the health violations and effects of this progression in farming? I am not advocating any mandated change until we truly understand the issue --- but I think the picture is clear (or at least the picture that the media wants to show) is these greedy, back-room, off-the-road operators who are stuffed tons of animals into a room, feeding em poison and then selling them to Tyson farms to be sold at Wal-Mart the next day.... :D

Thanks for sharing --- I appreciate your insight.
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As stated before with partsman, extremely enlightening and insightful commentary, Jay.... :D That is exactly what I wanted to hear --- the truth from those on the inside of the issues. I have learned alot about this issue and that was exactly why I started this thread --- to try to understand. Now I do understand more.

Thanks so much!
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