Big Ag is Bad for Little Towns

Props go out to our good friends at the National Catholic Rural Life Conference for their top-notch work and media attention yesterday in the Des Moines Register.
Large ag facilities cut profit for towns, study says

Large-scale livestock confinements are far less financially lucrative to communities and pay workers less than medium-sized operations that tend to spend more money locally, a report to be released today concludes.

The Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production requested the report by David Andrews and Timothy Kautza.

The co-authors reviewed 40 years’ worth of peer-reviewed empirical studies on social effects of industrial livestock production, including work by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, Ohio State University and the University of Missouri.

But the report, which comes as Iowa’s long fight over large-scale confinements is intensifying, also is sure to be controversial.

One reason: The co-authors have ties to the National Catholic Rural Life Conference, which has long contended that large-scale livestock operations harm communities economically and socially. Andrews is former director of the conference. Kautza is the conference’s science and environmental education specialist. [...]

The Pew report contends large-scale confinements return $1 to the economy for every $1 spent, while smaller operations return $7 for every $1 spent on the development.
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