Dr. Ikerd Speaks

I thought we had a good public meeting Tuesday night. It gave the uncommitted members of the community, as well as proponent of industrial poultry operations, an opportunity to learn that there are sound, legitimate reasons for being concerned about locating such operations anywhere, and particularly in ecologically fragile watersheds. We have more than 50 years of sound research and real world experience to support our concerns. The contractor operators need to understand that their opponents are not just a bunch of uninformed, idealistic, tree-hugging, environmental radicals – even if they refuse to admit it publicly.

It’s understandable that some of the folks at the meeting were upset because we were challenging their chosen way of making a living. Everyone likes to feel good about what they are doing and are naturally defensive when someone raises question about it – particularly ethical questions about whether it is “morally right.” I understand that this “comes with the territory.” Terry and I have both been in far more hostile situations, although it was comforting to have some law enforcement presence at the event.

The scholarly publication that I quoted extensively is “Uniformity to Diversity.”

Here is a link to a good press release: http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/06/02/overwhelming-evidence-shows-path-clear-its-time-ditch-industrial-agriculture-good?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=socialnetwork  .

Here is the link to the full report: http://www.ipes-food.org/images/Reports/UniformityToDiversity_FullReport.pdf  .

I am attaching a copy of the paper I used as the basis for my presentation in Evening Shade. It contains these links and others. You can also find other papers I have written on the subject on my personal website http://johnikerd.com . My University of Missouri website has a number of papers on “Sustainability and Confinement Animal Feeding” – click on the link under “Presentation Papers” on my home page : http://faculty.missouri.edu/ikerdj . You will also find many papers on various subjects relate to sustainable farming.

I hope this is of some help.

Keep up the good fight,

John I.

PS.   Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, State of Food and Agriculture, 2014, http://www.fao.org/3/a-i4036e.pdf

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