Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Why Factory Farming Has Got to Go

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New World Notes News
Vol. 5, No. 22 --June 6, 2012

This fortnight in New World Notes, radio programs #222-223, June 5 & 12, 2012

Why Factory Farming Has Got to Go

In brief

In an interesting, shrewd, and funny talk, Michael Pollan shows what is wrong with our globalized, corporate-controlled agriculture. And he shows why certain alternatives are sane, practical, and---on a small but growing scale--already in place.

This week, in Part 1, he explains six reasons why factory farming is not only bad but "unsustainable." And he shows why "Whole Foods"-type globalized, corporate organic farming is not much better.

 Below: Joel Salatin, of Polyface Farm

Notes, credits, & links

Pollan spoke at The Mondavi Center of the University of California, Davis, in November 2006. Adapted to radio in May 2012 by K.D.

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