On Air with IER: Episode 74

This week: IER's Beth takes a look at complicated legacy of large scale farming in Indiana. It helps farmers stay in business and gets food to stores, but at what cost?
August 25, 2020

A Question of Scale

By Beth Edwards

Farmers, environmentalists debate impact of confined animal feeding operations.

Supporters of large-scale farming say the efficiencies of the system result in lower food costs, while using less land, energy and water than conventional farming methods. They say there’s room at the table for a variety of pork-rearing practices.

But others, including environmentalists at the state level, say so-called factory farms are bad for the land and for the local food system that keeps traditional family farms alive.

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