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Raising a Stink: The Struggle over Factory Hog Farms in Nebraska (Our Sustainable Future)

Carolyn Johnsen

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ISBN 10: 0803276176 / ISBN 13: 9780803276178
Published by Bison Books, 2003
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Title: Raising a Stink: The Struggle over Factory ...

Publisher: Bison Books

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Good

Edition: 1st edition,.

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In Nebraska, as in many states across the nation, factory farms housing tens of thousands of hogs have altered the physical, cultural, and economic landscape, and have generated complex and deeply divisive conflicts among family farmers, environmentalists, agribusinesses, and elected officials. A reporter long familiar with the controversy, Carolyn Johnsen draws on a wealth of interviews, archival material, and her own extensive experience as a journalist to present a timely, informative, and balanced account of this complicated and troubling agricultural practice—and to put a human face on its causes and consequences. Here everyone has a say: farmers and neighbors suffering from proximity to the factory hog farms; pork producers adopting the latest hog confinement technology in the face of fierce opposition; politicians attempting to interpret the “science” and shape public policy in a maelstrom. The result is the story of a struggle for the heart and soul of rural America.

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"Raising a Stink is not merely about pig stuff, but about grassroots democracy battling corporate autocracy. It’s an inspiring story of ordinary Americans standing up to hoggish greed."—Jim Hightower, author of If the Gods Had Meant Us to Vote They Would Have Given Us Candidates.

"Raising a Stink forces any of us who enjoys pork chops, a side of bacon, or a little sausage on our pizza to ask what responsibility we all have to know what industry we are supporting."—Al Tompkins, writer, teacher, and journalist.

"I know of no other book that illuminates so clearly why some farmers embrace the industrialization of agriculture while other family farmers so strongly resist it and why some in rural communities support ‘mega-hog farms’ while others adamantly oppose them."—John Ikerd, professor emeritus of agricultural economics, University of Missouri.

In Nebraska, as in many states across the nation, factory farms housing tens of thousands of hogs have altered the physical, cultural, and economic landscape, and have generated complex and deeply divisive conflicts among family farmers, environmentalists, agribusinesses, and elected officials. A reporter long familiar with the controversy, Carolyn Johnsen draws on a wealth of interviews, archival material, and her own extensive experience as a journalist to present a timely, informative, and balanced account of this complicated and troubling agricultural practice—and to put a human face on its causes and consequences.

Here everyone has a say: farmers and neighbors suffering from proximity to the factory hog farms; pork producers adopting the latest hog confinement technology in the face of fierce opposition; politicians attempting to interpret the "science" and shape public policy in a maelstrom. The result is the story of a struggle for the heart and soul of rural America.

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