Family farms are factory farms

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Family farms are factory farms

Today Erik Marcus wrote a post about a pig farm company in North Carolina that has declared bankruptcy. The”farm,” Coharie Hog Farms, is the 22nd largest pork producer in the United States, with 33,000 sows. The original news story states that “the company remains held in family hands.”

Some people like to say “family farms, not factory farms,” but in reality factory farms and factory farms are not opposites. Many farms are family-owned, but still large-scale operations that confine animals indoors, in pens, and don’t allow them to engage in ordinary, natural behaviours. “Family farms” vs. “factory farms” is really a false dichotomy.



November 11, 2009 at 10:16 am

It’s amazing how many people still hold the belief that their meat is coming from a traditional farm. They tell themselves that if some of these farms still exist then their meat may have come from one.

A lot of the time I tell people about current factory farming practices, they ask: “how do you know?” or “have you been?”, but if you look into the mass production of any type of animal, these are the practices implemented to make it prosperous for the owners.


November 11, 2009 at 10:54 am

Very good point, Glenn. Agribusiness loves to use the term “family farm” to make people think of idyllic pastures.

(Erik’s first name is spelled with a “k,” by the way.)


November 11, 2009 at 11:19 am

Bah! Sorry Erik. I’ve fixed it.That’s what happens when I write posts late at night.

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