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"This Is Not Farming"

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Oprah's latest "O" magazine (for November) has an excellent and infuriating article about factory farms, where they pack 'em in and let the excrement flow and blow where it may -- rendering nearby areas uninhabitable, and waterways poisoned and dangerous.

The article is on page 190 and doesn't seem to be on the internet yet.

I grew up on a family farm where the animals were handled humanely, the land well cared-for, and the neighbors liked us. I certainly agree with activist Lynn Henning that what she is fighting is "not farming".

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  1. Glad someone with that big a megaphone is tackling the issue. Another recent look at the scale of what real farmers and all of us are dealing with: http://motherjones.com/environment/20...

    1. And I'll bet a bunch of her fans might read the article, shake their heads in solemn agreement then schlep off to Walmart, Costco, BJ's, etal and not blink an eye.

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      1. re: RC51Mike

        Exactly RCMike but Oprah will never call out the likes of Walmart and Costco by name or else they'll sue her.

        1. re: ios94

          Call them out for what? Providing a service to their customers? Then she'd have to "call out" virtually every grocer in the U.S. Sure, Whole Foods and a limited number of other stores may restrict their sourcing to less industrial methods, but there are just over 300 WF in the entire country and most consumers can't afford to shop there.

          1. re: ios94

            Didn't she get sued by the entire beef cattle industry, and win? They're more scared of her than she is of them.