Article Title

Mega-barns spell end to family farm

Author(s)

Michael Broadway

Journal Title/Source

Edmonton Journal

Publication Date

10-2000

Volume

October 29

Page Numbers

A15

Document Type

Journal Article

Department

Earth, Environmental and Geographical Sciences

Abstract

Taiwan Sugar Corporation's proposed factory farm in Flagstaff County, southeast of Edmonton, would produce 150,000 hogs a year. It is the harbinger of an industrial form of agriculture that has already destroyed rural communities in the United States.

The U.S. experience with large hog factory farms provides a glimpse of Flagstaff County's future. Using mass production techniques, U.S. factory farms have successfully lowered production costs and in the process put small independent hog producers out of business.

In turn, the open market for hogs in the United States has been destroyed as most hogs are now grown under contract to agribusiness firms. At the same time, vast quantities of hog manure generated by these operations are stored in lagoons (the same system proposed for Flagstaff County).