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Factory farms and the Food Crisis

Death on a Factory Farm: An HBO Documentary
This film takes a harrowing look at animal cruelty in an Ohio factory hog farm, as chronicled through undercover footage taken by "Pete," the same animal-rights investigator who appeared in the first film. Read more and see the trailer.

The Pork Industry Responds
Responsible pork producers are committed to their animals' daily care and well-being. The recent HBO documentary does not reflect typical actions on U.S. hog farms.

Good Stuff? — Meat
This Little Piggy Went to the Global Market
World Watch Institute provides a great resource on all things meat with "Did you know?," "Successes," "Simple things you can do" and "Challenge yourself and others" sections.

Factory Farms: Human Health Impact
Factory farms are awful neighbors. Ask anyone who’s endured the nauseating stench of a manure lagoon constructed beside her home. When a factory farm moves in, the surrounding community deteriorates, the local economy stagnates, property values plummet and the oppressive odor permeates everything: furniture, carpets, clothes, drapes, blankets, beds and more.

Factory Farms: Environmental Damage
As a result of irresponsible management practices, inadequate regulation and insufficient oversight, factory farms are among the worst polluters in the United States. The fundamental problem: too much poop …

Factory Farms: Socioeconomic Impact
Factory Farms devastate surrounding communities by stifling economic growth, devaluing local properties and destroying the existing social fabric. These operations also damage the national economy by creating negative externalities, the cost of which is borne by all citizens.

Environmental and Health Problems in Livestock Production: Pollution in the Food System
"Leveling the Field" – Issue Brief #2
During the last thirty years, the livestock production system in the United States has undergone an industrial revolution. The number of animals raised for meat has been steady or growing, even as the number of farms raising animals has declined. Today, we have only a quarter the number of hog farms we had in 1982, but the number of hogs sold has gone up. How is that possible? Only because of a major change in the way livestock are produced — a change that affects farmers, consumers, businesses and our communities.

¿Por qué estas gripes se originan en pollos y cerdos?
By Alfonso Raffin — Brasil
Seguramente que nadie se lo está preguntando, pero los expertos en ganadería sabemos que no es casualidad que tras la gripe aviar venga la porcina.

Economic and Structural Relationships in U.S. Hog Production
By William D. McBride and Nigel Key, Resource Economics Division, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

A U.S. Hog Giant Transforms Eastern Europe (May 6, 2009)
By Doreen Caravajal and Stephen Castle; Cenei, Romania
For centuries — from the Hapsburg Empire through Communist dictatorship — peasant farmers here have eked a living from hogs, driving horses along ancient pocked roads and whispering ritual prayers on butchering day.

Concentration of Agricultural Markets (April 2007)
By Mary Hendrickson and William Heffernan

Market Share Matrix on Agribusiness and Retail Concentration
The Market Share Matrix is a free, instantly accessible Web site listing the names of the companies that dominate several aspects of the food system from seeds to retail. It provides an at-a-glance view of the countries and sectors where each company has a large stake. It also features regularly updated data on market shares, sales and concentration levels.

The Influence of the Big Three: ADM, Cargill and ConAgra (Dr. William Heffernan, June 1999)
For more than a century farmers have felt that suppliers of certain inputs needed by farmers, such as bankers and farm equipment manufacturers, received a disproportionate share of the profits from food production. This study explores the involuntary exiting of farm families from production agriculture and the uneven distribution of the food dollar. Chart 1, Chart 2, Chart 3.

Economic Concentration and Structural Change in the Food and Agriculture Sector: Trends, Consequences and Policy Options (October 2004)
Paper prepared by the Democratic Staff of the United States Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry exploring the boundary between economic efficiency and undue market influence resulting from corporate consolidation and concentration. This is a good explanation of the problems associated with vertical integration in agriculture.

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