Factory Farms will not save agriculture

To the Editor:

Our legislators are pushing policies at the State Capitol that would benefit corporate interests and put family farms at risk. One such provision would double the size factory farms can be before environmental review is required, from 1,000 Animal Units to 2,000 Animal Units.

This will pave the way for larger and larger factory farms in Minnesota, which spoil the air, the land, the water, and human health. This compromises our future ability to feed ourselves. As our farms get bigger and bigger, farmers struggle more and more to make a living. For example, hog farmers are now receiving 34% of a fair price, according to the USDA. As we increase production, this drives our prices down even more. This is wage theft. Factory farms will not save agriculture; family farms will.

Lorraine Redig

Winona, Minnesota