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Factory Farms Consuming the US

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  • Since the 1970s, farm policies have overwhelmingly favored the consolidation and industrialization of agriculture and the food supply
  • Federal farm subsidies, tax credits, crop insurance, price supports and disaster payments favor industrial agriculture and the streamlined production of cheap food
  • While the transition to industrialized agriculture has succeeded in providing inexpensive food, it has failed in virtually every other measurable parameter

By Dr. Mercola

Industrial agriculture, characterized by concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) and vast swatches of genetically engineered (GE) monocrops, are touted as necessary to feed the world. At one time not long ago, it was up to small family farms to provide the food for nearby communities and ensure food security for the U.S. In an essay adapted from John Ikerd's presentation at the 10th Annual Farm and Food Leadership Conference — Farm Policy at a Crossroads: A Time to Choose — it's explained:

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