WASHINGTON - The size of factory farms in the United States continued a two-decade trend and grew significantly larger from 1997 to 2012, reveals updated data released today by the national advocacy group Food & Water Watch. Using U.S. Department of Agriculture census data from 1997, 2002, 2007 and 2012 Food & Water Watch found that factory farms continued to grow in size and number over the past fifteen years. This growth in factory farmed livestock harms small- and medium-sized farmers, the environment and public health.
The purchase of Applegate Farms by Hormel is being hailed on CNBC, et al, as yet another opportunity for consumers to have more and better choices. And, that Hormel is producing healthier and fresher products for them to eat and feed their children. What the consumer doesn't see, but might smell, while traveling on our Interstates during a sightseeing vacation, starts to explain where the disconnect began. Out of sight, out of mind doesn't do the symptoms of a pending food disaster, justice. With these huge floods and earth dams collapsing as a result, the manure lakes could render some communities uninhabitable, when they burst. Or unsalable, which is another " stranded cost " the likes of Hormel will never pay compensation to for the victims of a giant shxxstorm. I think N. Carolina has already experienced this with Murphy Bros. about a decade ago. Houston, you may have a problem!