The first ever Factory Farm Summit will be held in Green Bay this weekend.
Environmental groups opposed to large scale farms known as confined animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, are sponsoring the event. In Wisconsin, CAFOs are farms with more than 700 animals.
One session will focus on how large-scale farms impact local communities and will be led by retired ag economist John Ikerd from the University of Missouri.
Ikerd, who grew up on a small farm, said he used to advocate large-scale farming was a way to make food more affordable, but that hasn’t worked out.
“Since the mid-1990s, food prices have actually increased faster than the overall rate of inflation, so even though you may be reducing the cost of production at the farm level, we’re really turning the agricultural industry over to the large agri-business corporations,” Ikerd said.
The other sessions will focus on environmental damage considered to be caused by CAFOs, teaching locals about state and federal regulations, and the legislative process.
Read more at: http://www.wpr.org/farmers-holding-summit-environment-economy-and-factory-farms-green-bay