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"This Is Not Farming"

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Sharuf Oct 14, 2011 12:31 PM

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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    ellabee Oct 15, 2011 02:03 PM

    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. RC51Mike Oct 17, 2011 11:03 AM

      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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        ios94 Oct 17, 2011 12:10 PM

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

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          ferret Oct 17, 2011 02:33 PM

          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.

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            512window Oct 17, 2011 03:23 PM

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

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