Concern #10. Hogs stink.
Concern #9. The work is not
good for people.
Concern #8. Piling up too much
"stuff" in one place causes problems.
Concern #7. Consumers have
little if anything to gain.
Concern #6. Continuing regulatory
problems are inevitable.
Concern #5. Hog factories destroy
public confidence in agriculture.
Concern #4. Future of the community
is turned over to outside interests.
Concern #3. The decision making
process can rip communities apart.
Concern #2. Hog factories degrade
the productive capacities of rural people.
Concern #1. Tomorrow's problems
are disguised as today's solutions.
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About John Ikerd: John is emeritus professor
of agricultural economics at the University of Missouri, where
he was active from 1988 to his retirement in 2000. He coordinated
the state’s Extension programs in sustainable agriculture.
He championed on-farm research and critical evaluation of
the impacts of farming systems on farm families and rural
communities. Dr. Ikerd has spoken passionately and often to
many groups since his retirement to improve understanding
of, and support for, a “new agriculture” that
brings life socially, economically and spiritually to rural