The reality is "we" (don't count me in that we!) have created a extremely
capital intensive, industrialised agriculture that is as addictive as the
worst drugs on the planet. There isn't a good way off the treadmill that I
see. A lot of these operations have hundreds of thousands, if not
millions, invested in facilities and equipment that can not be sold. Low
input operations by their very nature generally do not work well with high
debt loads. Especially when that debt isn't even from the existing
Good luck. Sorry I don't have any answers.
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From: Marian Buckner <MEBUCKNER@wvwise.org>
To: email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tuesday, May 04, 1999 11:27 AM
Subject: Best Practices for Raising Hogs?
> I do hope some of you can help with this request. Someone I know asked
>me for information on alternative mid-sized hog farm operations (large
>family farm, not factory farm size). She wants to know:
> (1) What are good methods for proper treatment of waste to curb
>pollution and stench?
> (2) How can one provide humane living conditions for the animals?
> She is hopeful that the neighboring hog farmer, who has formerly been a
>good neighbor, will be open to good information. His hog operation is
>unusually odorous, and his waste treatment leaves much to be desired. We
>do not think he would consider pastured pork production.
> Thanks for any help. Marian Buckner
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