Surely you have heard the term “factory farm” being thrown around lately, and it always has a negative connotation to it. The fact of the matter is that 98% of Canadian farms are family-owned…so by default does that mean 2% are corporate-owned “factory farms”? In turn, a lot of family farms are incorporated (like ours) for business purposes, taxes, shares and many other reasons…so does that make us a factory farm because we are also a business? A family-owned business? (You can see why this gets confusing!). Wanda at Minnesota Farm Living wrote about her thoughts on the term “factory farming” and I think she hit the nail on the head with it—take the “factory” out of factory farming!
Perhaps you have seen this meme put out by the Organic Consumers Association and you’ve heard that independent journalist Will Potter headed a Kickstarter fundraiser to launch drones to expose factory farms in which he raised his $30 000 goal in five days and he’s currently petitioning for more money for an increased goal of $95 000. His motivation is to show what factory farms are hiding with ag-gag laws by flying overhead with drones to capture images and do investigative reporting. I know farmers in the States who have had drones flying over their farms and they have shot them out of the sky. Perhaps that’s why Mr. Potter needs such a hefty goal to pay a minimum of $500 per drone to fly? Just a thought. How would you like to be spied on where you work, or more importantly on your land and at your home?
I am so tired of good, hard-working farming families being struck down by so many of the ignorant minority who don’t farm (and no—certainly not all of them are ignorant). Did you know that only 2% of Canadians are farmers? That’s 2% of the entire population feeding the rest. Unfortunately there are going to be some bad apples in the bunch of farmers just like there’s bad doctors, bad teachers and bad people in every other profession. If farmers are abusing animals or farming illegally by any means, then yes—they need to be held accountable. But how accountable is the activist shooting months worth of abuse/mistreatment in footage accountable for? They edit the film down to 3 or 4 minutes to show the worst yet they were enabling this abuse to continue the entire time they were filming!
This is all so negative, so let’s put a positive spin on it! Agvocates, farmers, bloggers and anyone who loves agriculture—I challenge you to make a photo collage with an aerial photo of your farm and pose the question “Factory farm or family farm? You decide.” and use the hashtags #MyFamilyFarm and also #FactoryFarm to get the views from there too. If you need a quick aerial of your farm, just find it on Google Earth. Unfortunately our aerial is from a couple of years ago post-harvest when everything is brown and dull!
Please see this old link up to visit more family farms virtually and other farmers’ thoughts on factory farming. [inlinkz_linkup id=419421 mode=1]
Let’s spread the positive message that there are hard-working farming families feeding the nations! A big big thanks to The Farmer’s Wifee for the inspiration and collaboration on this idea!
Why Do Animals Live on Factory Farms? – Best Food Facts
Small vs. Large Farms: Are Animals Treated Differently? – Best Food Facts
Animal Care on Large Farms: Oxymoron? – Best Food Facts
What is a CAFO? – Agricultured
[Farm] Size: Does it Matter? – Ask the Farmers
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