They’ll be telling the Sanderses about their experience living with, and working to stop, the consolidation of wealth and power in rural Iowa into fewer and fewer hands — through the industrialization of livestock.
We shared visions for rebuilding rural life to work for farmers, workers, eaters, and the environment.
The solution includes more farmers on the land raising more types of crops, not fewer.
Someone local takes out a loan to put up the buildings and lagoons. They make a deal with a corporation like Iowa Select. Iowa Select owns the hogs raised in the barns.
The corp gets the profits when they sell hogs. The farmer gets the manure.
Our crops do not need THAT much fertilizer.
“Nutrients” like nitrates wash away into Iowa’s lakes, rivers, and groundwater — and eventually into the Gulf of Mexico.
People pay so that corporations can profit.
Farming doesn’t have to be like this.