Monday, December 07, 2009

Unease at factory farming

Factory farming screams wrong, wrong, wrong.

If there was ever a way to wreck our credibility as a supplier of quality farm produce this would be it. My view is if a dairy farming operation cannot be sustained without extras like extended housing or bulk imported feeds, then the operation requires change.

You can’t tell me that all those large scale dairy farms in Southland have such housing or rely on imports. Same goes for those factory operations chasing water rights on the Canterbury Plains.

The line between large scale and factory farming is one we should never cross.

A comment I have just posted at Home Paddock, on factory farming. It is unsettling that farming operations in New Zealand are heading down this route.


Adolf Fiinkensein said...

I could not agree more.

Murray said...

A lot of "farmers" are not farmers in the sense that they have been raised as farmers from farming families.

They are businessmen looking to turn a buck. Nothing else.