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Beyond Factory Farming: Corporate Hog Barns and the Threat to Public Health, the Environment and Rural Communities

Book by Alexander Ervin, Cathy Holtslander, Darrin Qualman, Rick Sawa

The introduction and first chapter of this book-length study are available in PDF format, however the book must be purchased from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). This publication, edited by Ervin, Holtslander, Qualman and Sawa, examines modern hog production. Modern hog production does not merely mean more hogs in larger barns; today, new operations such as Intensive Livestock Operations (ILOs) or Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) are emerging.

The publication’s contributors contend that the restructuring of hog production in North America offer a rare, clear view into the mechanisms and effects of corporate globalization. The community-by-community fight to stop the incursion of corporate mega-barns and retain family farm hog production provides an example of effective and gritty local resistance to the most negative aspects of globalization.

This book explores resulting changes in the hog sector and their effects on family farms, the food Canadians eat, conditions of work, communities, and the relationship of governments to corporations and citizens. It highlights the Canadian hog sector, as well as structural forces reshaping communities and economies worldwide. The book places the fight to save the family farm and the fight for more sustainable and responsive local economies within the larger context of a global struggle to restore democracy and economic sanity in the face of runaway corporate power.

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Policy Publication Details

Author(s): Alexander Ervin; Cathy Holtslander; Darrin Qualman; Rick Sawa;
Publisher: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives [ Visit Website ]
Year Published: 2003; Publisher Type: Research Institute
Publicly Available: Yes Research Focus: National;
Registration Required: No Language: English
Payment Required: Yes Publication Format: Adobe PDF

Subjects / Categories:

Policy Articles / Regional & Sectoral / Agriculture
Policy Articles / Regional & Sectoral / Agriculture / 2003
Policy Articles / Regional & Sectoral


Keywords / Tags:

hog production; hog barns; corporate hog barns; family farms; globalization; modern hog productions; corporate globalization; local economies;