People Taking Sides In Small Versus Large Cattle Operations

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The San Francisco Chronicle reports the battle between local, small-scale farming and large, mass produced farming is escalating.

The local, organic movement is gaining support from documentaries like “Food, Inc.” and “King Corn” as well as Deputy Agriculture Secretary Kathleen Merrigan, a leader of the organic movement and the leader of “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food.”

In the time between 2002 and 2007, the census showed almost 300,000 new farms, most of them small. While the small operations are growing, large operations feel they’re under attack. Others are riding the middle ground by running large farms while taking care of the livestock.

Ray Prock Jr. has a 500-cow dairy where he claims his cows are treated handsomely, despite people defining it as a CAFO. He see the dialogue between two styles of farming as a good thing.

"Instead of automatically thinking conventional ag is the enemy, and instead of conventional ag always thinking that organic and local food is the enemy, we need to sit down and figure out where we can work together," Prock said.

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Source: San Francisco Chronicle



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