Tyson Causes The Death of Their Small Farmers


Manifest Injustice

Scott Edwards
Co-Director, Food & Water Justice Project

Rude Awakening in America’s Farmland
Posted: 11/13/2012 12:21 pm EST Updated: 01/13/2013 5:12 am EST

I’m an environmentalist. So when I think about our industrialized system of agriculture and the proliferation of mega-factory farms across the country, where giant companies like Perdue, Tyson, Smithfield and a handful of others dominate our increasingly fragile landscapes, my first thoughts go to the impacts on watersheds and airways. I tend to dwell on the unsustainability of hundreds of thousands of tons of chicken manure piled high in places like the Eastern Shore of Maryland, where the Chesapeake Bay is dying, or the millions of gallons of fetid hog waste lying in lagoons all across the eastern part of North Carolina, overflowing into the Neuse River every time it rains. But the other night I was told a story about an equally dark side of our…

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