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Hog factories move in; hog farmers move out

Large hog confinement operations add jobs to the local economy, according to a 1992 University of Missouri study. For every $5 million in investment, between 40-45 new jobs are created. Unfortunately, those jobs give the pink slip to 126 independent, small-scale hog farmers, resulting in a net job loss. What's more, hog factories tend to by-pass near-by suppliers, further undermining the local economy.

"The Multiple Benefits of Agriculture - An Economic, Environmental and Social Analysis, November 2001. Produced by the Land Stewardship Project in White Bear Lake, Minnesota.


 

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